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Future directions for public senior services: meeting diverging needs

Generations

Author: Alt, P.M.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1998

Abstract:

Demographic makeup & current health conditions of the baby boom generation are examined, along with existing patterns of public senior service, to anticipate the future service needs of baby boomers in retirement. In metropolitan areas such as Baltimore, MD, there is a struggle to provide universal access while still targeting those most in need. Reduced funding makes it unlikely that programs could be redirected toward specific needs of the more divergent baby boomers. It is contended that, barring major program changes, senior centers will soon serve only the very old, the frail, & those needing supportive services. Future services will need to be more diverse in location & type, & could include caregiver support, health support services, information/referral, volunteer opportunities, employment options, & health insurance counseling. "Intergenerational programming" is discussed, along with the necessity of conducting needs assessments to help agencies better tailor their services to the varied subgroups of upcoming seniors.

Further Details

Pages: 29-33
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Accession Number: 28.2.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 19/08/2013
Keywords: North Americaolderassessmenthealth improvement
Reads: 132
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