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Kylie Meyer, Rosalind Willis
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. It is also not uncommon for new researchers to work primarily alone on projects, such as dissertations and theses...
December 21, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Lisa A Juckett, Monica L Robinson
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...
December 18, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Sukyung Yoon, Sherry Cummings
This systematic literature review investigates protective factors against suicidal ideation among community-dwelling older adults in South Korea. Existing research focuses on risk factors for suicidal thoughts among older adults living in the community, but research on protective factors for this population is rare. Furthermore, studies have been more likely to examine individual and social factors rather than macro factors, yet suicidal thoughts among older adults may come from various long-term challenges...
December 15, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Shahrzad Mavandadi, Laura O Wray, Ronald W Toseland
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...
December 13, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Noelle L Fields
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November 29, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Cal J Halvorsen
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November 23, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Monte D Butler
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 4.6% of participants knew the correct answer to a real-life $74,973 question, leaving a full 95.4% vulnerable to paying a large bill, even a $74,973 bill, they should not pay...
November 14, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Nicole Ruggiano, Ellen L Brown, Shanae Shaw, David Geldmacher, Peter Clarke, Vagelis Hristidis, Jessica Bertram
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...
November 13, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Vivian J Miller
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...
November 9, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Susan A LaValley, Bonnie M Vest, Victoria Hall
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...
November 2, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle Putnam
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November 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Christina Matz-Costa, James Lubben, Margie E Lachman, Haenim Lee, Yeon Jin Choi
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...
November 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle D Hand
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...
October 30, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Daniel Rosen, Rafael J Engel, Corinne Beaugard, Nia Davis, Gerald Cochran
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...
October 5, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle Putnam
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October 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Allison Gibson, Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld
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October 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Nancy Kusmaul, Allison Gibson, Skye N Leedahl
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October 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Roberto Ariel Abeldaño Zuñiga, Douglas Crittenden Nance
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October 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Joanne Allen, Lisa M Brown, Fiona M Alpass, Christine V Stephens
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...
October 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Katherine Cox, BoRin Kim
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). Disaster preparedness was measured as a score, which includes 13 variables. Race/ethnicity was categorized by White, Black, and Hispanic. Low income was defined as below 300% of the federal poverty line...
October 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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