Empowering Frail Elderly People

Opportunities and Impediments in Housing, Health, and Support Service Delivery

by Leonard F. Heumann, ed., Mary E. McCall, ed., Duncan P. Boldy, ed.

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November 2000


Pages 296
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society
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This book provides a unique analysis of provider-, environment-, client-, and societal-based obstacles to the empowerment of frail elderly persons in a philosophical framework of social values, as well as an applied framework wherein a variety of international case studies by a distinguished board of contributors provide concrete examples of the feasibility of achieving real empowerment. Empowerment means different things to different people in the context of housing, health, and social service delivery. This book analyzes the various definitions of the concept and practice of the empowerment of frail older persons and then discusses the definitions in a philosophical framework of social values regarding aging and the older person.

Each chapter demonstrates the feasibility of achieving increased empowerment of older persons, even those with severe physical or mental disability. True empowerment of older persons in every country requires time, energy, money, and commitment to the goal. This book will be of interest to academic as well as professional audiences in areas of Gerontology, Psychology, Sociology, and Family Studies. Caregivers and policymakers will also find this analysis useful.

Topic Centers

Empowerment: Definitions, Applications, Problems and Prospects by Mary E. McCall, Leonard F. Heumann, and Duncan P. Boldy
Opportunities and Impediments in Housing, Health and Support Service Delivery by Leonard F. Heumann, Duncan P. Boldy and Mary E. McCall
Service Providers and Empowerment: Information, Training and Coordination
Promoting Empowerment in Residential Aged care: Seeking the Consumer View by Duncan P. Boldy and Linda E. Grenade
Reimagining Senior Empowerment in Service Delivery: Creative Applications in a Global Context by Mary E. McCall
Retaining and Expanding Empowerment in the Transition to a Community-Oriented Support System: Japan in the 21st Century by Tokie Anme
Empowerment in Post-Reform Community Care in England and Wales by Bleddyn Davies
Environment and Empowerment in Conventional Housing
Another Way of Living in One's Own Home: The Salmon Group Projects by Robin Currie, Marie-Jo Guisset, and Niek de Boer
The Role of the Built Environment in Holistic Delivery of Home and Community Based Care Services to Frail Elderly Persons by Leonard F. Heumann
When Community Planning Becomes Community Building: Place-Based Activism and the Creation of Good Places to Grow Old by Philip B. Stafford
Client Empowerment in Long-Term Care
The Rights of Elderly People in a Nursing Home--A Little Creativity, a Lot of Respect, a Taste for Adventure and an Allergy to Burearcracy by Germain Harvey
Bringing Managed Health Care Home: A New Service Strategy for People with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities by Dennis L. Kodner, Meg Sherlock, and Jonathan Shankman
Elderly Persons with Severe Mental Illness: Empowering a Neglected and Growing Population by Paul H. Carmichael
Older People with Long Standing Disabilities and their Caregivers: Empowering a Neglected and Growing Population by Lindsay Gething
Overview and the Future
Empowerment in Pathways Through Care: A Cross-National Comparison of Care Delivery Systems in Britain and Germany by Michaela Schunk
Empowerment of Frail Elderly People and the Vision of a Self-Actualized Society by Duncan P. Boldy, May E. McCall, and Leonard F. Heumann



This very timely book focusing on empowerment of the frail elderly is a most welcome and significant addition of the gerontological literature....The case studies are a real strength of the book.—Choice

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