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Description: Praise for the Seventh Edition:""Drs. Niles-Yokum and Wagner have written a comprehensive and accessible overview of aging services in the United States, from the evolution of a formal aging network through the older Americans Act to innovative new programs aimed at disaster preparedness, lifelong learning, and spiritual growth should be required reading for every student in gerontology and should be a resource for even the most seasoned professional." "-Kate de Medeiros, PhD Associate Director, Center for Aging Studies, and Research Scientist University of Maryland, Baltimore""This comprehensive, well written book is accessible to readers at all levels from those just beginning to learn about the field of aging to those with decades of experience... It is] an excellent resource for students, not only of gerontology, but also allied health, business administration, health education, healthcare management, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and related fields]. In fact, it should be required reading for all American citizens, so they know where they need to plan ahead, how they can advocate for better elder services and where to mind the gaps.""-Sharon B. Buchbinder, RN, PhD Former Professor and Chair Department of Health Science Towson University, Towson, MDAs our population ages, the need for comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge about aging services in the United States becomes more and more crucial. This highly accessible and exhaustive text about such resources provides students and practitioners of gerontology-along with all professionals whose work concerns the wellbeing of older adults --with a current, detailed description and analysis of federal, state, local, and global programs and services for older people with, or without, cognitive, physical, and social needs. This eighth edition has been thoroughly updated to encompass the wealth of new information available concerning later life. It reflects critical changes to legislation, health care, and current trends, and focuses on the strengths of older adults, their diversity, and the role our multi-layered aging network plays in advocacy, community independence, and engagement. Commentary and critical thinking challenges from policy-makers, program directors and educators facilitate high-level thinking and independent analysis of the aging networks present and future.The eighth edition is reorganized to underscore recent policy changes and explain how these changes will impact the lives of older adults. "Perspectives" boxes throughout the text highlight complex themes addressed by seasoned experts, and "Critical Thinking" topics encourage reflection. The new edition also describes evidence-based initiatives that highlight best practice approaches, and model projects designed to facilitate positive change. Along with a vast amount of new and revised information reinforced with plentiful case studies, the book features an international perspective to highlight the collaborative efforts driving many future aspects of aging network programming. Additionally, the book focuses on the unique issues of the LGBT population along with programs designed to address them.New to the Eight Edition: Expert analyses of complex themes Reflects major legislative and policy changes including CLA and the ACA International perspectives such as WHO's Age Friendly Cities Project Evidence-based initiatives and innovative model projects Expanded focus on issues unique to the LGBT population The influence of changing social determinants on aging networks Kinship care Disaster and emergency preparedness Increased risk and incidence of HIV/AIDS in elderly population Affects of economic downturn on the aging population Older driver safety and mobility Elder mistreatment Changes in employment and retirement patterns Expanding housing options Increasing complexity of health and mental health care for well and frail elders Sample workshop, classro