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Area Agencies on Aging: Meeting the Needs of Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Their Aging Families

Journal of Applied Gerontology

Author: McCallion, P., Janicki, M. P.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997


National questionnaire data from area agencies on aging are used to explore the extent to which they are implementing service provisions per 1987 & 1992 amendments to the Older Americans Act regarding persons with developmental disabilities & their family caregivers. Specifically, presence of related organizational mechanisms, services, & linkages to other agencies are assessed. While most area agencies on aging reported the presence of related services & linkages, organizational mechanisms likely to develop & sustain options for these families were less evident. Respondents generally reported that they had no reliable estimate of the number of older persons providing primary care to adults with a developmental disability in their catchment area. It is recommended that families, advocates, & state units on aging encourage area agencies on aging to carry out local needs assessments & more vigorously develop organizational mechanisms in their agencies to provide support to older caregivers of adults with a developmental disability.

Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Applied Gerontology
Pages: 270-284
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 22.5.03
Keywords: older, regulation compliance, health improvement, cognitive, carer, assessment
Reads: 192