Elderly

The Olmstead decision and the journey toward integration: the evolution of social work responses.

The Olmstead decision declared unnecessary institutionalization as discrimination and triggered an expansion of community-based care for all people with disabilities including the elderly, thus accelerating integration. Setting a context for Olmstead and related social work interventions, this paper describes the evolution of definitions of disability and examines how social work has responded to the development […]

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Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)

 Format             Organization                                     CAPS provides caregivers with reliable information and advice and extends its outreach through new support groups, workshops, and presentations for churches, schools, employers, service clubs, and television audiences.  Included on the CAPS website is a caregivers’ guide and a list of helpful links.   Contact URL  http://www.caps4caregivers.org/about.htm Contact Agency       CAPS P.O. Box […]

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A planning system based on Markov decision processes to guide people with dementia through activities of daily living.

Older adults with dementia often cannot remember how to complete activities of daily living and require a caregiver to aid them through the steps involved. The use of a computerized guidance system could potentially reduce the reliance on a caregiver. This paper examines the design and preliminary evaluation of a planning system that uses Markov […]

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Veteran Resources: Geriatrics & Extended Care Strategic Healthcare Group

United States Department of Veterans Affairs     Format             Healthcare Group        The Geriatrics and Extended Care Strategic Healthcare Group advances quality care for aging and chronically ill veterans by providing policy direction for the development, coordination, and integration of geriatrics and long-term care clinical programs. This Group’s functional service lines are: Community-Based Long-Term Care, Nursing Home Care, […]

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Functional disability and associated factors among older Zuni Indians.

Few studies have focused on American Indian elderly and functional disability, and none have explored potential moderating or mediating factors that may lend themselves to subsequent intervention. The purpose of this study was to describe the extent of functional disability in elders and to determine which factors were associated with a higher number of Activities […]

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Diabetes care among older urban American Indians and Alaska Natives.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of, and quality of care for, diabetes mellitus among the understudied, yet growing, population of older, urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). DESIGN: Medical record review. SETTING: Urban Indian primary care clinic in Seattle, Washington. PATIENTS: All (N = 550) AI/AN patients > or = 50 years of age. […]

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Using GIS in a first national mapping of functional disability among older American Indians and Alaska Natives from the 2000 census.

BACKGROUND: Geographical information systems (GIS) have been used mainly in understanding infectious diseases and environmental threats in health research. Here, GIS was used to examine patterns of functional disability as one impact of chronic disease in American Indians and Alaska Natives. The study purpose was to create the first national mapping of functional disability for […]

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Functional limitations among older American Indians and Alaska natives: findings from the census 2000 supplementary survey.

The objectives of this study were to determine the national prevalence and profile of American Indian and Alaska Natives with functional limitations. Data were obtained from 4763 American Indian and Alaska Native respondents aged 45 years or older in the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey. Functional limitations were reported by 28% of American Indian and Alaska […]

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Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness in Aging (BTEPA): HRSA-funded GEC collaboration for curricula and training.

Frail elders living alone or in long-term care settings are particularly vulnerable to bioterrorism and other emergencies due to their complex physical, social and psychological needs. This paper provides an overview of the recent literature on bioterrorism and emergency preparedness in aging (BTEPA); discusses federal initiatives by the health resources and services administration (HRSA) to […]

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Using remote assessment to provide home modification services to underserved elders.

PURPOSE: Although remote home assessment would enable specialists to prescribe home modifications for anyone, anywhere, the strategy is dependent on the ability to provide specialists with the same information as an in-home assessment. The purpose of this paper is to document that remote assessment is feasible and concurs largely with traditional in-home assessment based on […]

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