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Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults

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Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults

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Realities and Visions


  • Elaine T. Jurkowski MSW, PhD
Also see: the Second Edition

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This authoritative book serves as an invaluable resource for policy advocates, program planners, and service delivery agents. It provides an overview of the major pieces of legislation that currently impact the field of aging, and the lives of older adults; addresses the philosophical, historical, and demographic challenges that they face; and lays out tools that facilitate policy and program development to include the media, coalition building, the use of an evidence base, and health promotion strategies. Jurkowski also examines major service areas for older adults, and how each major mandated program addresses these programs and services--a must for the program planner or a service delivery setting.

The book is also extremely helpful to graduate students in social work, public health, and gerontology, building their understanding of policy development through a critical analysis and review of policy frameworks, and promotes development of skills in shaping programs and implementing policy. Unlike other books in this field, Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults focuses on triangulating skills, policies, and programs for the reader, and blends a social welfare and public health approach to the text's conceptual design.

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Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 25, 2007
  • Page Count 424
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826129444
  • EISBN 9780826129475

Table of Contents 

    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    PART 1: Understanding Policy and Program Development
  1. Background and Demographic Profile of Older Adults
  2. Social, Political, Economic and Demographic Factors and Historical Landmarks Impacting Aging Policy
  3. Philosophical Paradigms and Policy Frameworks

  4. PART II: The Legislative Basis for Programs and Services Affecting Older Adults and/or People with Disabilities
  5. The Social Security Act
  6. Medicare
  7. The Older Americans Act
  8. The Americans with Disabilities Act
  9. Mental Health: The Community Mental Health Act and the President's Freedom Initiative

  10. PART III: Tools for Program and Policy Development
  11. Health Behavior Models
  12. Media and Advocacy Strategies for Change
  13. Coalitions and Coalition Building for Advocacy and Policy Development
  14. Needs Assessment Tools
  15. From Tools to Vision

  16. Using Tools and Strategies to Reach Your Vision
    PART IV: Programs and Services: Realities and Visions
  17. Long Term Care and Home and Community-Based Care
  18. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs: Services and Issues
  19. Health Programs Services And Issues
  20. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  21. Elder Abuse and Neglect
  22. Legal Issues
  23. Challenges for the Future: Realities and Visions

  24. Appendices
    1. SAMHSA's Action Plan for Older Adults
    2. A Sample White Paper Devised Using the Process Implemented in this Book