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Perceptions Of Chronic Disease Among Older African Americans: A Qualitative Analysis, Karon Phillips, Charles Rogers, Adrienne Morgan 2018 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Perceptions Of Chronic Disease Among Older African Americans: A Qualitative Analysis, Karon Phillips, Charles Rogers, Adrienne Morgan

Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice

Research has documented that African Americans suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases when compared to the general population. Yet, limited research examines older African Americans’ perceptions about having chronic diseases. Accordingly, the first aim of the study provided insight into this disparity with the intent of revealing how older African Americans feel about their overall health, and how much they understand about their individual chronic disease(s). The second aim was to gather information about strategies and coping mechanisms older African Americans use to manage their chronic diseases. The purpose of this aim was to determine if any of the strategies ...


Adult Day Service Providers: Untapped Potential For Care Coordination, Nicole Ruggiano, Ellen L. Brown, Karen L. Fortuna 2018 University of Alabama

Adult Day Service Providers: Untapped Potential For Care Coordination, Nicole Ruggiano, Ellen L. Brown, Karen L. Fortuna

Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal

Adult Day Services (ADS) have become increasingly available for community-dwelling older adults who are often experiencing multiple chronic conditions and/or dementia. ADS providers spend a significant amount of time with their clients and offer the opportunity for a wealth of clinical information that can be used by primary care providers and specialists for decision-making about patient care. There are also opportunities for hospitals to coordinate care transitions with ADS providers by involving them with discharge planning with appropriate patients who require post-hospital care. However, ADS providers are often viewed as social service providers, and there is little known about ...


Correlates Of Functional Capacity Among Centenarians, Peter Martin, Maurice MacDonald, Jennifer Margrett, Ilene C. Siegler, Leonard Poon 2018 Iowa State University

Correlates Of Functional Capacity Among Centenarians, Peter Martin, Maurice Macdonald, Jennifer Margrett, Ilene C. Siegler, Leonard Poon

Peter Martin

This study investigated correlates of functional capacity among participants of the Georgia Centenarian Study. Six domains (demographics and health, positive and negative affect, personality, social and economic support, life events and coping, distal influences) were related to functional capacity for 234 centenarians and near centenarians (i.e., 98 years and older). Data were provided by proxy informants. Domain-specific multiple regression analyses suggested that younger centenarians, those living in the community and rated to be in better health were more likely to have higher functional capacity scores. Higher scores in positive affect, conscientiousness, social provisions, religious coping, and engaged lifestyle were ...


Defining Successful Aging: A Tangible Or Elusive Concept?, Peter Martin, Norene Kelly, Boaz Kahana, Eva Kahana, Bradley Wilcox, D. Craig Wilcox, Leonard Poon 2018 Iowa State University

Defining Successful Aging: A Tangible Or Elusive Concept?, Peter Martin, Norene Kelly, Boaz Kahana, Eva Kahana, Bradley Wilcox, D. Craig Wilcox, Leonard Poon

Peter Martin

Purpose of the Study: Everyone wants to age successfully; however, the definition and criteria of successful aging remain vague for laypersons, researchers, and policymakers in spite of decades of research on the topic. This paper highlights work of scholars who made significant theoretical contributions to the topic. Design and Methods: A thorough review and evaluation of the literature on successful aging was undertaken. Results: Our review includes early gerontological definitions of successful aging and related concepts. Historical perspectives reach back to philosophical and religious texts, and more recent approaches have focused on both process- and outcome-oriented models of successful aging ...


Apoe Ε4, Rated Life Experiences, And Affect Among Centenarians, Peter Martin, S. Michal Jazwinski, Adam Davey, Robert Green, Maurice McDonald, Jennifer Margrett, Ilene C. Siegler, Jonathan Arnold, John Woodard, Mary Ann Johnson, Sangkyu Kim, Jianliang Dai, Li Li, Mark A. Batzer, Leonard W. Poon 2018 Iowa State University

Apoe Ε4, Rated Life Experiences, And Affect Among Centenarians, Peter Martin, S. Michal Jazwinski, Adam Davey, Robert Green, Maurice Mcdonald, Jennifer Margrett, Ilene C. Siegler, Jonathan Arnold, John Woodard, Mary Ann Johnson, Sangkyu Kim, Jianliang Dai, Li Li, Mark A. Batzer, Leonard W. Poon

Peter Martin

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between apolipoprotein E (APOE), life events and engagement, and subjective well-being (as measured by positive and negative affect) among centenarians. Based on the life stress paradigm, we predicted that higher levels of stress would allow APOE to influence positive and negative affect. Method: 196 centenarians and near-centenarians (98 years and older) of the Georgia Centenarian Study participated in this research. The APOE, positive and negative affect, the number of recent (last 2 years) and lifelong (more than 20 years prior to testing) events, as well as a number of ...


Aging On Nantucket: A Community Needs Assessment, Caitlin Coyle, Jan Mutchler 2018 University of Massachusetts Boston

Aging On Nantucket: A Community Needs Assessment, Caitlin Coyle, Jan Mutchler

Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications

This report describes efforts undertaken by the Nantucket Center for Elder Affairs, Inc. (NCEA), in partnership with the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging within the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The purpose of these efforts was to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of Nantucket’s older residents. The focus of this report is on the cohort of Nantucket’s residents age 60 and older. The contents of this report are intended to inform NCEA, the Saltmarsh Senior Center, the Council on Aging, the Town of Nantucket, and organizations that provide services to older ...


Making A University Community More Dementia Friendly Through Participation In An Intergenerational Choir., Phyllis Braudy Harris, Cynthia A. Caporella 2018 John Carroll University

Making A University Community More Dementia Friendly Through Participation In An Intergenerational Choir., Phyllis Braudy Harris, Cynthia A. Caporella

2018 Faculty Bibliography

A dementia friendly community is one that is informed about dementia, respectful and inclusive of people with dementia and their families, provides support, promotes empowerment, and fosters quality of life. This study presents data from four cohorts of undergraduate college students and people with dementia and their family members, using an intergenerational choir as the process through which to begin to create a dementia friendly community. This was accomplished by breaking down the stereotypes and misunderstandings that young adults have about people with dementia, thus allowing their commonalities and the strengths of the people living with dementia to become more ...


Intergenerational Financial Exchange And Cognitive Well-Being Among Older Adults In China, Ping Xu 2017 University of Massachusetts Boston

Intergenerational Financial Exchange And Cognitive Well-Being Among Older Adults In China, Ping Xu

Graduate Doctoral Dissertations

Although cognitive loss is part of normal aging, it has unfavorable consequences for older individuals, their family, as well as society. The prevalence of mild cognition impairment is expected to go up in China. How to maintain normal cognition for a longer period of time and to delay impair process is an emerging concern for older Chinese adults. Unlike Western countries, China lacks of formal support system. Intergenerational support between older parents and adult children is a predominant resource when they are in need. This study examines how intergenerational financial exchanges between older parents and their adult children is related ...


A Checklist For Mortals: Preparing For Death’S Arrival, Becky Daniel 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A Checklist For Mortals: Preparing For Death’S Arrival, Becky Daniel

Professional Projects from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications

We learn everything from our parents—how to walk, talk and treat potential life partners. Yet our culture in the United States makes it difficult to talk to our parents about death and those consequences have a real impact. Closing a loved one’s estate can stretch from months to years without proper planning. While death is constant, the death industry is not. It is ever changing. And while all lives have equal value, there are many preparations that one person may need (veteran, parent, lotto winner) while another does not. The best way to prepare for death is to ...


Predictors Of Cognitive Function Among Cognitively Impaired Older African Americans Living In Congregate Residential Settings, Zyra Daffodil Apugan 2017 University of Missouri, St. Louis

Predictors Of Cognitive Function Among Cognitively Impaired Older African Americans Living In Congregate Residential Settings, Zyra Daffodil Apugan

Dissertations

The purpose of this secondary data analysis was to identify potential psychosocial predictors of cognition, including social support, depression, and functional activity, among older African Americans, ≥ 65 years, with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and living in congregate residential settings. Guided by the main effect model of social support, this study used existing data from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center Uniform Data Set, an NIH-funded multicenter study. Results showed that on average, the participants (n=56) were 81.7 years of age with 13.8 years of education. All, but six, were married. Bivariate Pearson correlations indicate a ...


The Social, Economic, And Public Health Consequences Of Global Population Aging: Implications For Social Work Practice And Public Policy, Mitchell A. Kaplan, Marian M. Inguanzo 2017 Research Consultant, New York, NY

The Social, Economic, And Public Health Consequences Of Global Population Aging: Implications For Social Work Practice And Public Policy, Mitchell A. Kaplan, Marian M. Inguanzo

Journal of Social Work in the Global Community

Human populations around the world are growing older at the most astounding rate in the history of humanity. Advances in technology are enabling health care providers to deliver the latest innovations in treatment and prevention services to a broader spectrum of adult populations across the lifespan making longevity increasingly more commonplace rather than the exception to the rule in most of the industrialized world. This article provides an overview of the key social, economic, and public health costs and consequences that aging populations will exact upon international communities in the years ahead. It also examines the most significant social challenges ...


“I Feel Like I’M Drawing Strength From It”: Lived Experiences Of Filipino Elderly Participating In Craft-Making, Sharon B. Cajayon, Romeo Luis A. Macabasag, Norilyn Limchanco, Vanessa O. Umali, Ellayza N. Blas, Michelle S. Angulo, Cristine Joy A. Breguera, Nikka Angela A. De Guzman, Sheila N. Malapi, Emmalyn E. Quibote 2017 Our Lady of Fatima University

“I Feel Like I’M Drawing Strength From It”: Lived Experiences Of Filipino Elderly Participating In Craft-Making, Sharon B. Cajayon, Romeo Luis A. Macabasag, Norilyn Limchanco, Vanessa O. Umali, Ellayza N. Blas, Michelle S. Angulo, Cristine Joy A. Breguera, Nikka Angela A. De Guzman, Sheila N. Malapi, Emmalyn E. Quibote

The Qualitative Report

In this phenomenological study, we offer an insightful understanding of the lived experiences of seven (7) Filipino elderly participating in craft-making. We purposively selected the key informants from a municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. The transcribed data gathered through a semi-structured in-depth interview was analyzed using Colaizzi’s approach. Six themes describing the lived experiences emerged: “Fostering friendship,” “Flourishing health,” “Furthering service,” “Facing aging with acceptance,” “Finding felicity and self-fulfillment,” “Feelings of belongingness and security.” Just like the sun, the elderly’s participation in craft-making serves as a nourishment for them. This exploration speaks to understanding the potential ...


Supporting People As They Age In Community: Housing, Rachel Filinson, Maureen Maigret 2017 Rhode Island College

Supporting People As They Age In Community: Housing, Rachel Filinson, Maureen Maigret

Faculty Publications

Aging in community can be a healthier, happier option for many seniors, but only if they have the right resources and support, starting with suitable housing. Homes must be affordable for retirees on fixed incomes and adapted for those with physical limitations. Older people living on their own need access to community services to keep them healthy and connected. Without affordable, age-friendly housing and access to services, aging in community can be stressful, isolating, and limiting, rather than empowering.


Annual Report 2017: Innovating Across Health, Hospitality, And Design, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures 2017 Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Annual Report 2017: Innovating Across Health, Hospitality, And Design, Cornell Institute For Healthy Futures

CIHF Collection

We are pleased to present the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures’ second Annual Report. The 2016-17 academic year was an exciting and busy one as we hosted the first Cornell Hospitality, Health and Design Symposium—In Search of a Healthy Future, our second Roundtable—Innovating Across Senior Living and Care and numerous panels, seminars, and workshops. We saw our network of collaborators grow to 50 Faculty Fellows, 11 Industry Scholars, 33 Academic Scholars, and two Visiting Scholars. We now have 30 videos accessible through our website. We are pleased to have seen the number of our member organizations grow to ...


An Investigation Of The Most Influential Factors Predicting Nursing Students’ Knowledge And Attitude Toward Older Persons, Elaine B. Little 2017 Indiana University of Pennsylvania

An Investigation Of The Most Influential Factors Predicting Nursing Students’ Knowledge And Attitude Toward Older Persons, Elaine B. Little

Theses and Dissertations (All)

The aging population with complex health needs is growing. Nursing programs are challenged to educate student nurses competent and willing to meet this specific population’s needs. Research on ageism supports the presence of aging bias. Possible negative attitudes towards older persons by nursing students is a concern for nurse educators.

Nursing education literature describes how nursing students’ attitudes on aging may affect career choices and the quality of health care provided to older adults. The older adult population requires specialized nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve positive outcomes and prevent serious geriatric syndromes. Further research in the area ...


Supporting People As They Age In Community: Information And Service Access, Rachel Filinson, Maureen Maigret 2017 Rhode Island College

Supporting People As They Age In Community: Information And Service Access, Rachel Filinson, Maureen Maigret

Faculty Publications

As people age, they often rely on the support of public and private programs to help them live healthy, independent lives. What if older people and their caregivers had access to a single website, phone number, or office that could connect them with all the support and resources they need, from applying for Medicare benefits and finding long-term care facilities to accessing transportation and meal delivery services?


Unmet Needs And Service Utilization By Informal Caregivers, Ryan Marie Diduk-Smith 2017 Old Dominion University

Unmet Needs And Service Utilization By Informal Caregivers, Ryan Marie Diduk-Smith

Health Services Research Dissertations

The number of Americans expected to live into their 80’s and 90’s is growing at an increased rate in the United States, and the numbers of those aging adults with multiple chronic conditions also continues to grow. It is estimated that by 2050, there will be 89 million adults over the age of 65 years living in the United States. For a variety of reasons, including policy, personal, and financial reasons, many aging adults are choosing to “age in place” or to remain in the community. With the increase in the numbers of aging adults in the community ...


Silverwire, Lenard W. Kaye 2017 University of Maine

Silverwire, Lenard W. Kaye

Maine Center on Aging Education and Training

The Silverwire Newsletter is a quarterly publication that highlights the work of the UMaine Center on Aging. The topics covered in this edition of the Silverwire Newsletter include Dr. Len Kaye's congressional testimony on the subject of social isolation, the Age Friendly Bangor final report, and recent projects undertaken by the Retired Senior Volunteer Corps.


Innovating Across Senior Living And Care: Insights From 2017 Cihf Senior Living Roundtable, Sherrie Negrea 2017 Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Innovating Across Senior Living And Care: Insights From 2017 Cihf Senior Living Roundtable, Sherrie Negrea

CIHF Collection

The second Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (CIHF) roundtable, held in March 2017, brought together senior-level executives, educators, and leaders in senior housing and care to share experiences and exchange ideas. CIHF roundtables are purposely limited to approximately 25 to 30 participants “at the table” to foster discussion on a more intimate basis than traditional conferences. In addition to the formal participants, students, faculty, and guests observed and interacted during the event and attended a separate panel discussion and reception the evening before. Students, faculty, and industry leaders also met together at a working luncheon session to brainstorm ideas for ...


Intergenerational Living Between College Students And Senior Housing Residents: A Framework, Laura Allen 2017 Western Kentucky University

Intergenerational Living Between College Students And Senior Housing Residents: A Framework, Laura Allen

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Ageism, the discrimination against persons of a certain age group, is one of the most important civil rights issues of the 21st century (Palmore, 2015). There are community-wide and personal strategies to combatting ageism. Homesharing and cohousing each offer concepts that can be utilized in intergenerational living because of their housing infrastructure. The relationship between college students and senior housing residents is unique because both groups are experiencing a season of life with common characteristics. This project aims to understand the relationship and tensions between stakeholders of existing intergenerational living programs to develop an implementation plan for a program at ...


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