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Later-Life Social Support and Service Provision in Diverse and Vulnerable Populations
Understanding Networks of Care

ISBN 9780415788311
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
234 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Later-Life Social Support and Service Provision in Diverse and Vulnerable Populations offers current, multidisciplinary perspectives on social support and service provision to older Americans. The chapters trace how our understanding of social support among older adults has developed over the past 40 years and explore current gerontological research in the area. They consider how informal care arrangements articulate with formal long-term care policies and programs to provide support to the diverse population of older Americans. They also emphasize heterogeneity in the composition of support networks, particularly in relation to gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and immigrant status. Collectively, the chapters provide insight into the complexity of older adult’s social support networks that can be used to improve the services provided to caregivers and care recipients as well as the policies that promote high-quality support to people of all ages who are in need of assistance.

Table of Contents


Series Foreword

Madonna Harrington Meyer

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults: An Introduction and Overview

Janet Wilmoth and Merril Silverstein

Chapter 2. Social Relations and Social Support: Understanding Group and Individual Differences

Toni C. Antonucci and Jasmine A. Manalel

Chapter 3. The Aging and Latinization of the United States: Opportunities and Investments

Fernando M. Torres-Gil and Courtney M. Demko

Chapter 4. The Role of the Latino Family in Late-Life Caregiving

Jacqueline Angel, Sunshine Rote, and Kyriakos Markides

Chapter 5. Social Networks and Supports among Older Gay and Bisexual Men: The Impact of HIV

Mark Brennan-Ing, Liz Seidel, Britta Larson, and Stephen E. Karpiak

Chapter 6. Preparations for Later Life Care among LGBT Older Adults

Brian de Vries

Chapter 7. LGBT Older Adults Emerging from the Shadows: Health Disparities, Risk & Resilience

Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen and Charlie P. Hoy-Ellis

Chapter 8. Caregiving in Later Life: Challenges and Policies

Carole Cox

Chapter 9. Long-Distance Caregiving: Unique Challenges and Service Needs

Amy Horowitz and Kathrin Boerner

Chapter 10. Improving Access to Geriatrics Care for Rural Veterans: A Successful Partnership Between Urban Medical Centers and Rural Clinics

Judith L. Howe, Jennifer L Griffith, William Hung, and B. Josea Kramer

Chapter 11. The Synergistic Interplay of Philosophy, Place, Program, and Policy: Learning the Art of the Possible from Small-House Nursing Homes

Rosalie A. Kane and Lois J. Cutler

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Janet M. Wilmoth, PhD, is professor of sociology at Syracuse University. She has authored over 50 publications that examine older adult migration, living arrangements, and health status, and explore how military service shapes various life-course outcomes.

Merril Silverstein, PhD, is the Cantor Professor of Aging Studies at Syracuse University. He has authored over 150 publications focused on aging in the context of family life, with an emphasis on life course and international perspectives.


"This book creates a fine tension worthy of scholars who are both meticulous in their documentation and willing to push the boundaries of mainstream comfortability. Wilmoth and Silverstein’s review of the conceptualization and empirical advances in social support of older adults is an excellent primer for those new to the field and those of us who think we know more than we do. And it is reassuring that in these dark days of further retrenchment of the welfare state there are voices for those who are marginalized and vulnerable."

Norah C Keating, PhD, FCAHS, director, The Global Social Initiative on Ageing (GSIA), International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics; professor of rural ageing, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University, UK; co-director, Research on Aging, Policies and Practice (RAPP), University of Alberta, Canada