"Drs. Niles-Yokum and Wagner have written a comprehensive and accessible overview of aging services in the United States, from the evolution of a formal aging network through the older Americans Act to innovative new programs aimed at disaster preparedness, lifelong learning, and spiritual growth. This book should be required reading for every student in gerontology and should be a resource for even the most seasoned professional."Kate de Medeiros
Associate Director, Center for Aging Studies, and Research Scientist
University of Maryland, Baltimore
"This comprehensive, well written book is accessible to readers at all levels from those just beginning to learn about the field of aging to those with decades of experience. . . [It is] an excellent resource for students, not only of gerontology, but also allied health, business administration, health education, healthcare management, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public administration, public health and social work. In fact, it should be required reading for all American citizens, so they know where they need to plan ahead, how they can step up to the plate to advocate for better elder services and where to mind the gaps."Sharon B. Buchbinder,
Former Professor and Chair
Department of Health Science
Towson University, Towson, MD
Revised and updated to include the most current information concerning later-life care, this seventh edition provides students and practitioners with a detailed overview of federal, state, and local programs and services for older people with cognitive, physical, and social needs. It also examines new and emerging needs and interests of older adults and what measures are being taken to address them, including civic engagement, religion and spirituality, and arts and humanities programs.
An ideal source for students and educators in a variety of disciplines-from gerontology to nursing to public health-this guide offers a historical perspective on the evolution of programs and services for older Americans. It also cites a wealth of important changes in legislation, health care, lifestyle, and other areas concerning older adults that have occurred since the publication of the previous edition.
This guide covers various aspects of each program or service, including:
- Historical evolution of the Aging Network
- Both enacted and proposed relevant legislation
- Essays by experts in the field
- Challenges faced by older adults, professionals, and policymakers
- New sources and relevant websites
- Discussion questions for classroom use