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Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

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Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

SKU# 9780826128386

Practice Realities and Visions

Author: Elaine Jurkowski MSW, PhD


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The second edition of this landmark textbook is distinguished by its pioneering approach to encompassing disability and aging policies under one umbrella, in response to the newly developed Administration on Aging and Disability. It addresses policy changes impacting health and disability services resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other new legislation, and offers a pioneering approach to transforming policy into practice applications. New to the second edition is current census data and new legislative mandates from the ACA and other policy organizations impacting aging adults and/or disabled populations. Also included is new coverage on Social Media, Motivational Interviewing, Health Literacy, Underrepresented Groups, LGBT, and Rural Communities. Podcasts, available as downloads, present the messages of advocates, lobbyists, policy experts, and consumers who address various aspects of relevant policies and policy development.

Unlike other texts, the book focuses on triangulating skills, policies, and programs for graduate students in social work, public health, gerontology, and rehabilitation. It aims thus to enhance understanding of policy development through a critical analysis and review of policy framework, and promotes development of skills in shaping programs and implementing policy. The text lays out tools that facilitate policy and program development to include the media, coalition building, the use of an evidence base, and how each mandated policy addresses these programs and services. Chapters include learning objectives, case studies, review/discussion questions, and resources for additional information. An Instructors Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint slides facilitate the teaching process.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Addresses both disability and aging policies
  • Includes updated census data
  • Presents new legislation and mandates for the ACA, Veterans and the Military, Caregivers/Caregiver Support Act, Alzheimer Support, Health Lifestyles, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Elder Justice Act, and Substance Use and Misuse
  • Provides new coverage on Social Media, Motivational Interviewing, Health Literacy, Minorities, Incarcerated Individuals, Immigrants/Refugees, LGBT, and Rural Communities
  • Offers podcasts of interviews with key consumers and policy experts

Key Features:

  • Lays out tools that facilitate policy and program development
  • Examines major service areas for older adults
  • Addresses philosophical, historical, and demographic challenges
  • Enhances understanding of policy development through critical analysis
  • Includes learning objectives, case studies, review questions, and instructor package

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 21, 2018
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128386

About The Author(s) 

Elaine T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD, is Professor and Interim Director, Southern Illinois University Carbondale's School of Social Work, where she holds a joint appointment with the Department of Health Education. Her published research articles have focused on the topics of health disparities, access to mental health and health care services, aging, and disability issues. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, HRSA, The Hartford Foundation, the Health and Human Services Administration, the Administration on Aging, and the Illinois Department on Aging. Dr. Jurkowski has held elected offices in the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA). Her work experiences have included consultation within settings in West Africa, Hong Kong, India, China, Russia, and Egypt. She is the author of Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults (Springer Publishing Co., 2008), and Culture Change: Benchmarks Management and Practice in Long Term Care (Springer Publishing Co., 2013), and Managing co-Editor of Handbook for Public Health Social Work (Springer Publishing Co., 2013), Managing co-Editor of Aging in Rural Places (Springer Publishing C0., 2015) as well as numerous book chapters and professional articles. Dr. Jurkowski's community service includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for various not-for-profit health care agencies within the Southern Illinois area, and funding allocations member for the United Way of St.Louis’s Senior Services Panel, and journal reviewer for numerous academic journals. She is also an advisor to the Southern Illinois Pioneer Coalition Advisory Board.