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JGSW Special Issue on Self-Direction in Long-term Services and Supports.

Authors:
Michelle Putnam

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb-Mar;62(2):123

a Editor-in-Chief, JGSW.

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February 2019

Special Issue on Self-Direction in Long-Term Services and Supports.

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Kevin J Mahoney

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb-Mar;62(2):124-127

a Boston College School of Social Work , Chestnut Hill , MA , USA.

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February 2019

Home Care Services for Indigenous Population in Taiwan: Cultural and Socio-Structural Implications for Long-Term Care Policy.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 11:1-18. Epub 2019 Feb 11.

a Department of Medical Sociology and Social Work , Chung Shan Medical University , Taichung , Taiwan.

Taiwan faces the world's top aging rate over the next 8 years, making long-term care a priority for all populations, including the 16 indigenous groups who live primarily in the mountains and have different cultural practices than mainstream Taiwanese people. To examine how home care services are coordinated, managed, and delivered to the indigenous populations, we interviewed 10 public care managers and analyzed the interview content to assess their work experiences with home care workers and indigenous users in 2016. The research revealed four findings: (1) Home care utilization patterns and attitudes were different between the rural indigenous and non-indigenous populations; (2) home care utilization was limited by cultural, economic, and language challenges; (3) home care workers faced cultural and socio-structural challenges; and (4) policy and service provisions were rigid, without the socio-structural flexibility needed to accommodate the indigenous culture. Read More

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February 2019

The Portuguese Version of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Competency Scale II - Assessment Subscale: Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 8:1-14. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

a Instituto Superior Miguel Torga , Coimbra , Portugal.

The current study aimed to test the fit of the Portuguese version of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Competency Scale II - Assessment subscale (GSWCS-A) and explore its factor structure and psychometric properties in a sample of 534 social workers working in the gerontology field. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that all items presented good factor loadings and that the single-component model fit the data well. The GSWCS-A showed very good internal consistency. Read More

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February 2019

Maine's Bold Initiative: Homecare for All.

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Sandra Butler

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 8:1-6. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

a School of Social Work , University of Maine , Orono , Maine , USA.

A 2018 ballot initiative in Maine proposed universal home care and improved work conditions for home care workers.Although ultimately defeated, the innovative proposal received considerable support and laid the groundwork for an upcoming legislative campaign.It offers a framework for increasing access to home care and creating quality jobs for home care aides. Read More

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February 2019

Solutions to the Challenge of Meeting Rural Transportation Needs: Middle-Aged and Older Adults' Perspectives.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 6:1-17. Epub 2019 Feb 6.

c Department of Behavioral Science , University of Kentucky , Lexington , Kentucky , USA.

This study aimed to explore how the aging population in Appalachia manages its transportation and plans for the transition to non-driving and to seek possible solutions to the challenge of meeting rural transportation needs. Four focus groups (N = 38) were conducted, supplemented by a questionnaire, in Appalachian Kentucky. The results showed that few alternative transportation existed except a local paratransit service and informal transportation support. Read More

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February 2019

Quality of Life Enhancement Research Program: Lessons Learned.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 6:1-7. Epub 2019 Feb 6.

a College of Sciences, Department of Psychology , University of Central Florida , Orlando, Florida , USA.

The attempted Quality of Life Enhancement program appeared to be a novel method for creating a symbiotic and sustainable relationship between a large Southeastern university and local nursing home and assisted living facilities (ALF), through which ALF residents would attend university arts and sporting events. During implementation, it was discovered that this project was unsustainable, undesired, unneeded by many care centers, difficult to implement, and required a dedicated and specialized staff. After attempting to enroll 14 local care facilities, only 2 were interested in becoming involved and produced 5 eligible participants. Read More

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February 2019
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Hypothesis Testing of CNA Perceptions of Organizational Culture in Long Term Care.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 6:1-10. Epub 2019 Feb 6.

b School of Social Work , University of Maryland Baltimore County , Baltimore, MD , USA.

This commentary for the special issue on research that went wrong describes a study that explored factors that contribute to variability within Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) on organizational safety culture. We know from previous research that CNAs provide most direct care in nursing homes and that direct care workers often experience agency culture differently from agency management (Wolf et al., 2014). Read More

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February 2019
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Transit Crime as a Barrier to Qualitative Urban Health Research with Older Adults.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb 4:1-6. Epub 2019 Feb 4.

a School of Social Work , Saint Louis University , Saint Louis , Missouri , USA.

This paper reports how transit crime and perception of crime have been barriers to an area-focused and person-based ethnographic urban health and wellbeing research study in St. Louis. This study has experienced two primary challenges. Read More

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February 2019
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The Short Guide to Aging and Gerontology by Kate De Medeiros.

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Sarah Jen

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Jan 30:1-4. Epub 2019 Jan 30.

a School of Social Welfare , University of Kansas , Lawrence, Kansas , USA.

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January 2019

Review of the book Nomadland: surviving America in the twenty-first century.

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Peter A Kindle

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Jan 30:1-3. Epub 2019 Jan 30.

a University of South Dakota , Vermillion , SD.

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January 2019

Negotiating Tensions between Methodology and Procedural Ethics.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Jan 6:1-8. Epub 2019 Jan 6.

a Institute of Gerontology, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine , King's College London , London , UK.

In this commentary, I consider what can go wrong in research when tensions arise between methodology and procedural ethics. I recount difficulties negotiating and implementing a participant recruitment strategy during my doctoral research project, which aimed to explore the experiences of people affected by dementia in the United Kingdom who were disengaged from services. To access this hard-to-reach population, I intended to adopt an informal recruitment strategy, snowball sampling from personal contacts and striking up conversations in public places. Read More

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January 2019

The Tasks and Characteristics of Supportive Support Brokers.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb-Mar;62(2):216-235. Epub 2019 Jan 6.

d School of Social Work , Wayside Youth and Family Support Network , Boston , MA , USA.

In the United States, under the Cash and Counseling or budget authority model of self-directed personal assistance where the participant manages his or her own services and supports, the Support Broker role was established to assist and coach the participant. The support broker role grew out of a person-centered planning process where focus groups and surveys helped ascertain what potential participants wanted to help them establish a self-directed alternative. But, despite this role being described in policy guidance from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, little research has been conducted examining the functions, activities and usefulness of this position. Read More

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January 2019

Looking Back to Move Forward: The Value of Reflexive Journaling for Novice Researchers.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Dec 21:1-8. Epub 2018 Dec 21.

b Centre for Research on Ageing , University of Southampton , Southampton , UK.

For novice qualitative researchers, each encounter in the field yields a ream of questions and uncertainties. While fieldwork has inherent ambiguities for all researchers, novice researchers have less experience on which to draw to assess their interactions with participants. Adding to this uncertainty, gerontological fieldwork is frequently imbued by age-and cohort-related nuances, characteristics which new researchers often do not share with participants. Read More

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December 2018

Implementing Fall Prevention Guidelines with Vulnerable Older Adults: The Social Work Role.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Dec 18:1-11. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

a Department of Occupational Therapy , The Ohio State University , Columbus , Ohio , USA.

Falls are the leading cause of injury among the older adult population, resulting in costly and devastating aftermaths. National fall prevention guidelines (FPGs) have been established to assist healthcare professionals with addressing fall risk, but little is understood about the extent to which FPGs have been implemented by social workers. Social workers, however, may beuniquely positioned to implement FPGs with older adults due to their expertise in care coordination and home- and community-based service settings. Read More

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December 2018

Measuring Self-Appraised Changes following Participation in an Intervention for Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Dec 13:1-14. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

e School of Social Welfare , University at Albany, State University of New York , Albany , New York , USA.

This study examined the psychometric properties of the Self-Appraisal of Change Scale, a measure designed to capture domains that are subjectively relevant to caregivers, associated with overall well-being, and amenable to change upon engaging in an intervention. Data from 107 caregivers of veterans with dementia enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of a telephone-delivered caregiver psychoeducation and support group program (the Telehealth Education Program (TEP)) were analyzed. The TEP, which was delivered by master's prepared social workers and a nurse dementia care manager, targeted caregivers' dementia-related knowledge, attitudes, and self-management skills. Read More

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December 2018
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Creating aging-friendly communities.

Authors:
Noelle L Fields

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov 29:1-2. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

a School of Social Work , The University of Texas at Arlington , Arlington , Texas

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November 2018

Encore adulthood: Boomers on the edge of risk, renewal, and purpose.

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Cal J Halvorsen

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov 23:1-3. Epub 2018 Nov 23.

a School of Social Work, Boston College , Chestnut Hill , MA.

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November 2018

Special Section on Productive Aging & Retirement.

Authors:
Michelle Putnam

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov-Dec;61(8):791

a Editor-in-Chief, JGSW.

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November 2018

The $74,973 Question: Are Medicare Beneficiaries Informed Users of Private Medical Care Contracts?

Authors:
Monte D Butler

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov 14:1-12. Epub 2018 Nov 14.

a Department of Social Work and Social Ecology , Loma Linda University , San Bernardino, CA , USA.

Health-care providers are allowed to opt-out of Medicare, privately contract with beneficiaries, and require that beneficiaries pay the full cost of services. Responses from a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries reveal that they lack the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding such contracts. For example, only 4. Read More

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November 2018
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The Potential of Information Technology to Navigate Caregiving Systems: Perspectives from Dementia Caregivers.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov 13:1-19. Epub 2018 Nov 13.

a School of Social Work , University of Alabama , Tuscaloosa , Alabama.

Technologies designed to support caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/RD) have been developing at an increasingly rapid pace. However, little remains known about caregivers' perspectives on how technologies can and should help them navigate larger service systems they interact with to engage in caregiving. This study involved in-depth interviews and a beta test of an AD/RD caregiver app to learn more about how they currently use technologies and how potential technological features and functions can best meet their needs. Read More

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November 2018
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Investigating Barriers to Family Visitation of Nursing Home Residents: A Systematic Review.

Authors:
Vivian J Miller

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov 9:1-18. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

a School of Social Work , University of Texas at Arlington , Arlington , TX , US.

Families are integral in helping nursing home residents maintain feelings of social inclusion and an overall sense of belonging, thus reducing consequences of social exclusion. Preliminary research, particularly of the culture change movement in long-term care, shows there are barriers to family engagement and visitation of residents. The objective of this study is to: (1) identify and summarize the barriers most reported to family visitation and (2) synthesize the findings to determine which barriers are most often reported in literature, and which may pose the greatest challenges to family involvement. Read More

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November 2018
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A Pilot Randomized Trial of an Intervention to Enhance the Health-Promoting Effects of Older Adults' Activity Portfolios: The Engaged4Life Program.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov-Dec;61(8):792-816. Epub 2018 Nov 5.

e Leonard School of Gerontology University of Southern California , Los Angeles, CA , California , USA.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of the Engaged4Life program, an intervention to encourage inactive community-dwelling older adults to embed physical activity, cognitive activity, and social interaction into their everyday lives in contexts that are personally meaningful and natural for them. Fifteen participants were randomized to the intervention group (technology-assisted self-monitoring of daily activity via pedometers and daily tablet-based surveys; psychoeducation + goal-setting via a 3-hour workshop; and peer mentoring via phone 2×/week for 2.5 weeks) and 15 to the control (technology-assisted self-monitoring only). Read More

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November 2018
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Challenges to and Strategies for Formal Service Utilization among Caregivers in an Underserved Community.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Jan 2;62(1):108-122. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

a Primary Care Research Institute, Department of Family Medicine , University at Buffalo , Buffalo , New York , USA.

Family caregivers face enormous challenges when attempting to oversee the medical, legal, financial, and daily affairs of loved ones with chronic or life-limiting illness. While formal services and agencies exist to assist caregivers with some of these tasks, caregivers in underserved communities do not utilize these services, or utilize them with unsatisfactory results. This study used focus groups (N = 5 groups) with underserved, minority caregivers (N = 22) to explore their experiences related to care provision, including barriers to support service use and challenges navigating systems related to the broad spectrum of caregiving demands. Read More

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January 2019
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Every Three Seconds: A Review of an Innovative Documentary on Research and Stigma Surrounding Dementia Across the Globe.

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Michelle D Hand

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct 30:1-5. Epub 2018 Oct 30.

a The Ohio State University, College of Social Work , Columbus, Ohio , USA.

Every Three Seconds is an innovative documentary provided by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and In the Moment (ITM) Productions which explores the impacts of dementia, national and international frameworks and strategies for helping communities,and technological advancements aimed to slow and potentially cure dementia in addition to efforts to raise awareness and reduce stigma. In this review, a general summary of the documentary is provided and its organization, audience and quality related concerns, relevance to gerontological social work and social welfare, the credibility of ADI and key strengths and weaknesses of the film are also explored. Finally, the review concludes with a discussion of how this documentary may be useful for caregivers,individuals with dementia, researchers, and lay audience members alike as well as how it may be used in classroom and/or in organizational settings. Read More

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October 2018
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Baby Boomer's Substance Abuse and Researcher Indifference.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Jan 5;62(1):16-28. Epub 2018 Oct 5.

c School of Social Work , University of Utah , Salt Lake City, Utah , US.

The current older adult population is more likely to need and seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse than previous cohorts of older adults, which necessitates the need for age-appropriate substance use treatment. Building on previous research that examined the lack of attention on substance use among older adults, this study examines articles addressing substance use disorders among older adults in leading gerontological and substance abuse journals and federal funding between 2011 and 2017. Publications were identified from ten leading gerontological and ten leading substance abuse journals using Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms. Read More

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January 2019
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Older Adults and Disasters.

Authors:
Michelle Putnam

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct;61(7):685

a Editor-in-Chief, JGSW

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October 2018

A Special Collection of Articles on Disaster Planning, Preparedness, and Postdisaster Work for Older Adults.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct;61(7):686-688

c Gerontological Society of America's Disasters and Older Adults Special Interest Group.

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October 2018

Understanding work enjoyment among older workers: The significance of flexible work options and age discrimination in the workplace.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov-Dec;61(8):867-886. Epub 2018 Sep 14.

a School of Social Work , Colorado State University , Fort Collins , CO , USA.

Although the number of older workers in the U.S. is increasing, there is a gap in knowledge on whether or not they actually enjoy working. Read More

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September 2018
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Choosing a Nursing Home.

Authors:
Vivian J Miller

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Sep 11:1-3. Epub 2018 Sep 11.

a School of Social Work , University of Texas at Arlington , Arlington , TX.

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September 2018

Ageing and Globalization.

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Yit Mui Khoo

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Sep 5:1-4. Epub 2018 Sep 5.

a School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice , Saint Louis University , St. Louis , Missouri , USA.

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September 2018

Gerontological Social Work Roles in Disaster Preparedness and Response.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct 23;61(7):692-696. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

c University of Rhode Island.

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October 2018

"Fear Runs Deep:" The Anticipated Needs of LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov-Dec;61(8):887-907. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

a Simmons College School of Social Work , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.

Objectives: Older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults are a vulnerable yet resilient population who face unique stressors as they foresee health decline. This paper presents the results of a study about community-dwelling LGBT older adults' anticipated needs and fears related to nursing homes and assisted living.

Methods: This qualitative study collected data through seven focus groups. Read More

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Fear, Defensive Strategies and Caring for Cognitively Impaired Family Members.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Jan 13;62(1):67-85. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

b Department of Sociology , University of Manitoba , Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada.

One topic rarely addressed in the literature on older adults and interpersonal violence is the violence that can be experienced by family carers in relationship with a person living with cognitive impairment. This violence tends to remain hidden and is rarely framed as intimate partner violence. We examine how situations of intimidation and violence invoked fear in family carers and how they interpreted and reacted to these circum- stances. Read More

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January 2019
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Preparedness of representatives for people with dementia in a self-directed program.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2019 Feb-Mar;62(2):172-194. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

c School of Social Work, Boston College , Chestnut Hill , MA , USA.

Representatives enact their role as decision-making partners across the intersection of participant direction (PD) and dementia care. Self-rated preparedness for key dimensions of the role endorsed by a panel of experts in PD and dementia was assessed by telephone survey of 30 representatives of persons with dementia in a PD program. The sample (daughters 60%; Black 50%; rural 70%) was diverse in length of time in the role and additional responsibilities. Read More

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August 2018
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Stakeholder Engagement to Enhance Interventions for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia: A Case Study of Care to Plan.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Aug 7:1-19. Epub 2018 Aug 7.

e Center on Aging, School of Public Health , University of Minnesota , Minneapolis , MN , USA.

Family members are prominent providers of necessary care to persons with dementia. The psychological, emotional, and social costs of care have led to the development of interventions to support these families. Although evidence supports the effectiveness of dementia caregiver interventions, few have been implemented into practice. Read More

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Key determinants to using telehealth technology to serve medically ill and depressed homebound older adults.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Jul 24:1-24. Epub 2018 Jul 24.

d School of Social Work , Boise State University , Boise , Idaho , USA.

Despite the increasing evidence for the effectiveness of telehealth technology in screening and treating chronic diseases, and comorbid depression among older adults, they have been slowly adopted by home health care (HHC) agencies. Therefore, this study aimed to identify factors that determine telehealth technology adoption. Twenty directors from the National Association for Homecare & Hospice member agencies completed a 45-min telephone interview. Read More

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July 2018
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Loneliness, resilience and social support.

Authors:
Michelle Putnam

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Aug-Sep;61(6):583. Epub 2018 Jul 24.

a Editor-in-Chief, JGSW.

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The Impact of a Care Recipient's Pet on the Instrumental Caregiving Experience.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Aug-Sep;61(6):675-684. Epub 2018 Jul 12.

b Department of Human Development and Family Science , University of Missouri , Columbia , MO.

Older adults report strong emotional bonds with their pets which often become increasingly important as health declines and dependence upon others increases. Individuals requiring assistance meeting their own needs are likely to need assistance in meeting the needs of their pet. The care recipient's pet may be an important, though presently overlooked, factor in the caregiving experience. Read More

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The 2017 earthquakes in Mexico and pending issues with older adults.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct 10;61(7):689-691. Epub 2018 Jul 10.

a Universidad de la Sierra Sur. Oaxaca , México.

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October 2018
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The dementia caregiver: a guide to caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

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Susan M McCurry

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Jul 10:1-2. Epub 2018 Jul 10.

a University of Washington , Psychosocial and Community Health , Seattle , USA.

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Longitudinal health and disaster impact in older New Zealand adults in the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake series.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct 10;61(7):701-718. Epub 2018 Jul 10.

a School of Psychology , Massey University , Palmerston North , New Zealand.

Pre-existing longitudinal studies of people affected by disasters provide opportunities to examine the effects of these events on health. Data used in the current investigation were provided by participants in the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement longitudinal surveys conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2014 (n = 428; aged 50-83), who lived in the Canterbury region of New Zealand during the 2010-2011 earthquakes. Latent profile growth analyses were used to identify groups of respondents who had similar pre-post-disaster physical and mental health profiles. Read More

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October 2018

Race and income disparities in disaster preparedness in old age.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Oct 6;61(7):719-734. Epub 2018 Jul 6.

b Department of Social Work , University of New Hampshire , Durham , NH , US.

This study investigated to what extent income status and race/ethnicity in old age interplayed with disaster preparedness. Data came from the 2010 Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative panel survey of older Americans over 51 years old. Our sample was restricted to respondents who participated in a special survey about disaster preparedness (N=1,711). Read More

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October 2018

Family and community support among older Chilean adults: the importance of heterogeneous social support sources for quality of life.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Aug-Sep;61(6):584-604. Epub 2018 Jul 6.

c Faculty of Health Sciences , University Francisco de Vitoria , Madrid , Spain.

Family and community social networks act as social resources that promote well-being at advanced ages. In this study, we analyze the association between social support received from personal social networks (social support from various family members and friends) and community social networks (social support from neighbors and the neighborhood, age, ethnic, or religious group peers and formal social support networks) and quality of life (QoL) for a sample of older Chilean persons (n = 777). The results confirm that social support from family (partner, children, and extended family) and friends, integration in the community (neighbors) and social support from informal systems (social groups) are associated with QoL. Read More

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Exploring how workplace and social policies relate to caregivers' financial strain.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov-Dec;61(8):849-866. Epub 2018 Jun 26.

a University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO, USA.

Informal caregiving is a critical component of the US long-term care system, but can have significant negative impacts on caregiver employment, finances, and well-being. An online survey of Colorado caregivers was piloted in 2016-17 to explore whether workplace and social policies such as access to paid family leave and public health insurance can buffer the negative financial impacts of caregiving and help caregivers to remain in the workforce. Using standardized measures, the survey assessed caregivers' employment and financial status, well-being (physical and mental health, caregiver strain, benefits of caregiving), access to workplace supports, and covariates (e. Read More

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June 2018
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Sex after divorce: older adult women's reflections.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Aug-Sep;61(6):659-674. Epub 2018 Jun 19.

a University of Georgia School of Social Work , Athens , Georgia, US.

People who divorce experience a number of negative impacts, and yet divorce also offers opportunities for growth and transformation. This qualitative study of older adult women offers the possibility that divorce may be sexually empowering, especially for women, based on in-depth interviewing of women who had gone through one or more divorces. Detailed examples of the experiences of fourteen women with divorce and sexual expression are offered, focusing on in which situations divorce might be empowering and how it could contribute to sexual exploration and satisfaction. Read More

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Describing reasons for loneliness among older people in Nigeria.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Aug-Sep;61(6):640-658. Epub 2018 Jun 19.

b School of Rehabilitation Science , McMasters University , Hamilton , ON , Canada.

The rural-urban migration of family members often leads to a higher probability of older people living alone, and minimizes family/social networks, which increases old age loneliness. In this study, we describe the existence of loneliness among older adults in Nigeria and its factors, aiming to inform the development of interventions for reducing old age loneliness. We adopted a descriptive phenomenological approach to the qualitative design, purposefully selecting and conducting face-to-face interviews with 12 older adults aged 58-88. Read More

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June 2018
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Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses.

J Gerontol Soc Work 2018 Nov-Dec;61(8):834-848. Epub 2018 May 29.

d Brown School of Social Work , Washington University in St. Louis , St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

This study aims to examine the effect of the death of a family member or friend on psychological well-being, specifically the moderating effects of first-time volunteering and social network. With the sample of 354 volunteers from the Experience Corps® (EC) programs, Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) estimated the differences in psychological well-being. Among volunteers who had experienced the death of a family member or friend, new volunteers showed significant improvement in positive affect compared to experienced volunteers. Read More

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May 2018
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