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    • The Influence of Historical Roles of Caregiving on African-Americans Today: A Multi-Dimensional...

    • Allen, Reginald L.
    • This paper examines the historical tradition of African caregiving in African American culture and how this cultural tradition may continue to influence African American caregivers today. This paper investigates, highlights, and identifies the ways...
    • Caregivers; African Americans; Cultural Characteristics; Cultural Diversity; Ethnic Groups; Family; Religion; Culture; Social Support; Gerontology; Aging Populations; African American Caregivers
    • Creating a Successful Elderhostel Program: A Social Gerontologist's Perspective

    • Antczak, Christie Ann Gardiner
    • The coming century will bring many changes to the field of adult education. The Elderhostel program is trying to assist seniors in using their leisure time to learn more about themselves and the world around them. This paper provides a description...
    • Aged; Retirement; Social Marketing; Education, Continuing; Self-Evaluation Programs; Leisure Activities; Life Style; Quality of Life; Intergenerational Relations; Cultural Diversity; Elderhostel Program; Aging Populations; Adult Education; Training...
    • Toward Development of a Non-Credit Professional Education Certificate in Gerontology

    • Atkinson, Janeal H.
    • The expected growth of the older adult population both nationally and locally over the next decade has prompted a need for more professionals who are trained in gerontology. Budget restraints and time constraints have directed professionals in need...
    • Geriatrics; Education; Curriculum; Education, Continuing; Certification; Education, Professional; Professional Competence; Community-Institutional Relations; Aging Populations; Non-Credit Certification; Gerontology Programs; Academic Outreach
    • A Case Management Model for Community-Dwelling Older Adults at Moderate Risk for...

    • Atkinson, Kristina Kay
    • Many gerontologists base their philosophical framework on a philosophy that encapsulates designing and implementing social interventions that enhance opportunities for older adults to build self-esteem, personal control, individual and social...
    • Intervention Studies; Community Networks; Long-Term Care; Health Services for the Aged; Self Concept; Personal Autonomy; Independent Living; Social Participation; Case Management; Organizations, Nonprofit; Risk Factors; Aging Populations; Aging in...
    • Long-Term Health Care Administrators' Perceptions of Needed Professional Competencies

    • Autin, Floyd S.
    • The educational preparation that long-term care (LTC) administrators have received is thought to influence their professional socialization. This process influences the perceptions of LTC administrators which then influence their actions. The...
    • Long-Term Care; Health Facility Administration; Education, Professional; Certification; Long Term Care Administration; Professional Competence; Professional Socialization; Professional Competencies
    • Seniors Driving Safely: An Educational Program to Optimize Electric-Powered Wheelchair Usage Among...

    • Bahr, Kasey
    • For a frail, disabled senior electric power wheelchairs can be intimidating and overwhelming to use. Some seniors might not need a big, oversized chair to roam, but need a simpler type of mobility device. If a power wheelchair is medically...
    • Disabled Persons; Life Change Events; Mobility Limitation; Adaptation, Physiological; Adaptation, Psychological; Medicare; Fraud; Quality of Life; Activities of Daily Living; Independent Living; Self Efficacy; Architectural Accessibility; Medicare...
    • The Effect of Pets on Spousal Bereavement Over a Two-Year Period

    • Bernstein, Vicki Ellen
    • The purpose of this thesis was to examine the effect of pet ownership on bereavement outcomes over a 2-year period. One hundred ninety-two individuals, age 50 to 93 years old, were divided into categories and type of pet ownership and were...
    • Bereavement; Grief; Pets; Bonding, Human-Pet; Spouses; Depression; Loneliness; Adaptation, Psychological; Empathy; Aging Populations; Spousal Bereavement; Companion Animals
    • Aging smart

    • Brooks, Denise
    • Aging SMART: The Utah Sourcebook of Education and Retraining Opportunities for Older Adults and Guide to Educational Programs in the Field of Aging By Denise Brooks The purpose of this project was to develop a sourcebook and web site that...
    • Aging; Population Characteristics; Internet; Information Dissemination; Information Literacy; Education, Professional, Retraining; Education, Distance; Resource Guides; Gerontological Education; Online Training; Aging Populations; Website...
    • Aging smart

    • Brooks, Denise
    • Aging SMART: The Utah Sourcebook of Education and Retraining Opportunities for Older Adults and Guide to Educational Programs in the Field of Aging By Denise Brooks The purpose of this project was to develop a sourcebook and web site that...
    • Aging; Population Characteristics; Internet; Information Dissemination; Information Literacy; Education, Professional, Retraining; Education, Distance; Resource Guides; Gerontological Education; Online Training; Aging Populations; Website...
    • Development of a Self-Administered Workbook for Enhancing Caregiver Use of Respite Time

    • Brown, Deborah
    • A self-administered version of a workbook for caregiver use of respite time was developed as a contribution to the Time for Living and Caring (TLC) Research Program. The second phase of the TLC program is the development of this...
    • Caregivers; Self Concept; Personal Satisfaction; Safety; Time Management; Time Factors; Quality Improvement; Goals; Stress, Psychological; Stress, Physiological; Leisure Activities; Relaxation; Planning Techniques; Personnel Staffing and...
    • Effectiveness of Validation Therapy in Promoting More Positive Caregiving Experiences

    • Buckner, Darrin L.
    • The overall purpose of this project was to test the effectiveness of a very promising communication strategy for family caregivers to use in their interactions with disoriented loved ones. The strategy, Validation Therapy, created by Naomi Feil, is...
    • Caregivers; Validation Studies; Affect; Alzheimer Disease; Dementia; Memory Disorders; Mentally Disabled Persons; Quality of Life; Communication Barriers; Orientation; Burnout, Professional; Inservice Training; Questionnaires; Aging Populations;...
    • The Evolving Demographics of Older Offenders in Utah

    • Caverley, Steve
    • Although older inmates are a relative minority within the Utah Department of Corrections now, at slightly less than 7% of the total inmate population, their growth rate in terms of prison admissions has been increasing sharply at a rate of 19% per...
    • Prisons; Social Control, Formal; Criminals; Age Distribution; Population Characteristics; Sampling Studies; Long-Term Care; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Care Costs; Aging Populations; Older Prison Populations
    • Increasing Safe Medication Practices in Older Adults: An Assessment of Needs and Educational...

    • Christensen, Sandra F.
    • As the population ages the risk of chronic illness increases, necessitating the acceptance of a long-term medication regimen. Increasing the numbers of daily medications may result in adverse drug reactions, unsafe medication practices, and...
    • Aged; Social Isolation; Communication Barriers; Cooperative Behavior; Patient Safety; Patient Education as Topic; Health Education; Health Promotion; Attitude to Health; Independent Living; Activities of Daily Living; Quality of Life; Self Care;...
    • CNA Grief Support: An Educational Website for Certified Nurse Assistants & Skilled Nursing...

    • Clift, Christy Martinsen
    • There is a dearth of research about Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and the grief they may experience in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) when a resident dies. Doka's (2002) model of disenfranchised grief states that grievers have more...
    • Caregivers; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Nurses' Aides; Death; Grief; Bereavement; Adaptation, Psychological; Education, Professional; Clinical Competence; Certified Nursing Assistants; Aging Populations; Dying; Coping Skills; Grief Support;...
    • The Future of Senior Centers in the 21st Century: Baby Boom or Bust?

    • Collenburg, Shannon
    • The purpose of this project is to examine how the aging of the baby boom generation will affect the role of senior centers in the near future. The scenarios presented will be based on the assumption that the baby boom generation is pioneering a...
    • Population Dynamics; Cultural Diversity; Educational Status; Health Status; Activities of Daily Living; Quality of Life; Employment; Retirement; Health Services Needs and Demand; Housing for the Elderly; Forecasting; Financing, Government; Senior...
    • The Readiness and Perceived Need for Long-Term Care Services by Seniors in rural Communities in...

    • Cornelius, Joy
    • Because the older population is living longer and the numbers in this group are increasing exponentially, a change in the current structure of long-term care is needed. This is especially true in rural areas where there are even greater proportions...
    • Rural Health Services; Rural Population; Independent Living; Long-Term Care; Attitude to Health; Health Status; Health Services Needs and Demand; Community Networks; Activities of Daily Living; Health Services for the Aged; Transportation of...
    • Law Enforcement Knowledge of Elder Laws and Beliefs about Aging

    • Cupello, Michael Scott
    • As agencies of last resort, police officers o f today are often called upon to serve as both counselor and gatekeeper to an array o f social services for older adults. Unfortunately, there is little to no training available to law enforcement as to...
    • Law Enforcement; Police; Ageism; Prejudice; Jurisprudence; Social Support; Attitude; Stereotyped Behavior; Vulnerable Populations; Crisis Intervention; Education; Questionnaires; Age Distribution; Data Collection; Aging Populations; Elder Laws;...
    • Evaluating the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI) for Determininig Eligibility for Respite Services

    • Curtis, Kitt C.
    • Community resources available to caregivers of adults who are suffering from chronic long-term illnesses are limited. Providing needed intervention through respite services to caregivers can benefit the recipients by easing their caregiving burden....
    • Caregivers; Long-Term Care; Dependency (Psychology); Stress, Psychological; Self-Assessment; Community Networks; Social Support; Needs Assessment; Eligibility Determination; Questionnaires; Interview; Aging Populations; Caregiver Burden Inventory;...
    • Intergenerational Involvement in the Lives of Grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorders:...

    • D'Astous, Valerie A.
    • Current statistics report the alarming increase in the prevalence o f children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In accordance, the number of grandparents with a grandchild with ASD is increasing. ASD is a lifelong, incurable developmental...
    • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive; Autistic Disorder; Caregivers; Family Relations; Family Characteristics; Social Support; Stress, Psychological; Self Concept; Adaptation, Psychological; Health Status; Social Distance; Communication Barriers;...
    • Service Needs, Availability and Satisfaction Among Lesbians Age 40+

    • Davis, Cynthia L.
    • The purpose of this study was to examine perceived needs, the perception of unmet needs, and the level of satisfaction with service providers for lesbians age 40+ in seven life areas from three different locations. The research questions were:...
    • Women; Homosexuality, Female; Self-Help Groups; Social Support; Personal Satisfaction; Independent Living; Role; Gender Identity; Sexual Behavior; Health Services Needs and Demand; Needs Assessment; Age Groups; Minority Groups; Prejudice; Civil...
    • The Development of an Educational and Decision Making Aide for Consumers of Long-Term Care

    • Dietz, William Morgan
    • The goal of this research project was to develop an educational and decision making aide for consumers of long-term care services, (e.g., skilled nursing facilities or assisted living facilities). The educational and decision making aide is...
    • Assisted Living Facilities; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Long-Term Care; Caregivers; Delivery of Health Care; Decision Making; Consumer Health Information; Education, Nursing; Patient Education as Topic; Consumer Health Information; Information...
    • Level of Knowledge About and Attitudes of Older Adults Toward Persons with HIV/AIDS in the Salt...

    • Drost, Marjean
    • The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic is affecting individuals of all ages in the U.S. Despite the increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS issues in the U.S., there has been a lack of research examining...
    • Attitude to Health; HIV; HIV Infections; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Disease Transmission, Infectious; Health Education; Health Behavior; Health Literacy; Health Knowledge, Risk Factors; Attitudes, Practice;...
    • Elder American Indians: Implications for Service Delivery

    • DuBois, Katharina
    • This project focused on the demographics and the service needs of American Indian elders, and their families. Specifically, this project reviewed the literature regarding the following issues: (1) “why” elders and their families do not...
    • Indians, North American; Family Characteristics; Health Promotion; Activities of Daily Living; Caregivers; Long-Term Care; Quality of Life; Cultural Diversity; Health Policy; Social Support; Delivery of Health Care; Aging Populations; Indian...
    • Multipurpose Senior Centers: Environmental Influences on Lifelong Learning

    • Eaton, Jackie
    • A comparative ethnography was used to examine the social, physical, and organizational environments influencing lifelong learning opportunities in three multipurpose senior centers. The study included observations spanning 120 hours and 30...
    • Leadership; Learning; Activities of Daily Living; Quality of Life; Interpersonal Relations; Social Environment; Motivation; Social Participation; Territoriality; Spatial Behavior; Cooperative Behavior; Happiness; Outcome Assessment (Health Care);...
    • In Sickness and in Health-Marriage and Caregiving: A Proposed Workshop for Future and Current...

    • Egbert, David L.
    • The marriage relationship is one of the most important relationships for older adults. This relationship can act as a protectorate for the difficulties presented by the natural aging process. This is especially true when one spouse develops an...
    • Aged; Marriage; Caregivers; Spouces; Dependency (Psychology); Personal Satisfaction; Loneliness; Social Isolation; Social Support; Interpersonal Relations; Quality of Life; Stress, Psychological; Self Concept; Self Efficacy; Codependency...
    • Utah Caregiver Handbook

    • Erickson, Brittany
    • The information in the handbook was provided by a variety of sources. While the Administration on Aging Caregiver’s Handbook was utilized, the majority of the format and information was provided by the North Carolina Caregiver’s Handbook. While...
    • Utah; Caregivers; Handbooks; Resource Guides; Directory; Health Resources; Social Support; Self-Help Groups; Preventive Health Services; Community Health Services; Health Services for the Aged; Residential Facilities; Assisted Living Facilities;...
    • Design for Developing an Innovative Adult Day Center Program in the Metro Salt Lake City Area.

    • Fairholm, Corey
    • The purpose of this project was to develop an innovative adult day center model. The proposed center will combine the features of an adult day center, health and wellness education and a senior center. Choices of activities will be given to each...
    • Day Care; Respite Care; Assisted Living Facilities; Caregivers; Activities of Daily Living; Quality of Life; Quality of Health Care; Palliative Care; Nursing Homes; Self-Help Groups; Social Environment; Social Support; Socialization; Health...
    • The Effects of an Internet & E-Mail Education Intervention on the Psychological Well-Being of...

    • Felsted, Patricia P.
    • The 1990’s saw a virtual explosion of technological advancements which now provide the deaf with tools to fully mainstream. Hearing loss, visual impairment, difficulty walking, and chronic pain are only a few of the physical disabilities that...
    • Hearing Impaired Persons; Communication Aids for Disabled; Education; Computer Literacy; Internet; Electronic Mail; Rehabilitation, Vocational; Loneliness; Social Isolation; Gerontology; Aging Populations; Senior Deaf Adults
    • Consumers' Guide to Assisted Living in the Wasatch Front: A Gerontologist's Perspective

    • Fender, Michael Julian
    • The field of assisted living is a relatively new component in the continuum of housing and health care for older adults in the State of Utah, and elsewhere. Assisted living offers a new alternative to older adults who are not comfortable living on...
    • Assisted Living Facilities; Housing; Life Style; Health Behavior; Activities of Daily Living; Health Care Costs; Delivery of Health Care; Consumer Health Information; Health Promotion; Resource Guides; Aging Populations; Optimal Aging; Assisted...
    • Home Modification Designs for an Aging Population

    • Francis, Melinda
    • The purpose of this research project is to answer what existing resources in home modifications are available in Salt Lake County. This project will also try and identify simple and cheap modifications that may be done to an aging adult’s home....
    • Accidental Falls; Activities of Daily Living; Independent Living; Safety; Caregivers; Community Health Services; Aging Populations; Aging in Place; Home Modification; Home Safety; Injury Prevention
    • Understanding Hoarding Behavior Among Older Adults: A Case Study Approach

    • Franks, Michele
    • Hoarding behavior is an increasing problem among older adults. It creates problems related to personal and public safety, physical health risks and psychological well-being. This exploratory study describes 4 separate hoarding cases in terms of how...
    • Aged; Obsessive Hoarding; Habits; Activities of Daily Living; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Harm Reduction; Crisis Intervention; Legal Guardians; Public Health; Case Reports; Safety; Quality of Life; Aging Populations; Self Neglect; Hoarding...
    • Music Thanatology: Prescriptive Harp Music as Palliative Care for the Dying Patient

    • Freeman, Lindsay R.
    • As the concepts of hospice and palliative care for the dying have gained acceptance in both the medical community and general society, increased opportunities have developed for music therapists to work with patients who are terminally ill....
    • Thanatology; Palliative Care; Hospice Care; Therapeutics; Music Therapy; Death; Gerontology; Aging Populations; Dying Patient; Music Vigil
    • Age Friendly Sustainable Communities: Aging in Place with Cohousing

    • Frick, Janet
    • The purpose of this study is to examine the function of age friendly sustainable communities with regard to aging in place with cohousing. The study compares and contrasts three Salt Lake County housing communities by assessing them...
    • Activities of Daily Living; Social Isolation; Independent Living; Safety; Housing; Community Networks; Caregivers; Social Support; Health Promotion; Residence Characteristics; Quality of Life; Socialization; Cohousing; Sustainable Living; Aging in...
    • Creating Community Awareness about Medicare Fraud: Development of an Information Packet for Area...

    • Garcia, Brooke
    • Educating the community about the presence of Medicare fraud is important to reduce the occurrence of fraud and to protect individuals from being victims of such negligence. Fraud costs the Medicare Program billions of dollars every year....
    • Health Care Costs; Vulnerable Populations; Medicare; Medicare Part A; Medicare Part B; Medicare Part C; Fraud; Reimbursement Mechanisms; Health Literacy; Patient Education as Topic; Educational Status; Consumer Health Information; Health Services...
    • A Community Educationally Based Activity Program for the Elderly: Feldenkrais® Lessons to...

    • Graybill, Charles S.
    • A Community Educationally Based Activity Program for the Elderly: Feldenkrais® Lessons to Increase Mobility and Decrease Fall Risk. Decreased mobility and falls are a major concern for the elderly. As the “Baby Boomer” generation enters the 65...
    • Accidental Falls; Accident Prevention; Risk Reduction Behavior; Mobility Limitation; Locomotion; Postural Balance; Activities of Daily Living; Health Education; Exercise Therapy; Motor Skills; Teaching; Aging Populations; Feldenkrais Lessons;...
    • Business and Aging: A Course Designed for Learning How to Develop Business and Career...

    • Greenwell, Wally
    • This project will design a course that teaches business principles and practices for the non-business major. Although it is designed specifically for the students of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program, it will benefit students choosing to...
    • Interdisciplinary Communication; Social Marketing; Commerce; Curriculum; Leadership; Health Care Economics and Organizations; Course Design; Aging Populations; Business; Optimal Aging; Healthcare Economics
    • Patient Education for Health Care Professionals:The Design of a Patient Education Manual for Older...

    • Hall, Vicky
    • Patient education activities are carried out in a variety of ways, both formal and informal, and involve the entire spectrum of health care professionals. In some professional training programs the role of patient educator is clearly emphasized,...
    • Health Behavior; Education, Professional; Health Education; Learning; Patient Education as Topic; Manuals as Topic; Professional-Patient Relations; Problem-Based Learning; Learning Disorders; Self Care; Health Literacy; Communication Barriers; Age...
    • Building a Bridge Between Gerontology and Case Management: The Social Service Worker License

    • Haws, Daveen
    • The need for case managers continues to rise as the number and needs of the elderly are projected to increase. The future o f case management lies in its ability to be a cost containment tool by utilizing alternatives, such as less expensive...
    • Interdisciplinary Studies; Interdisciplinary Communication; Social Work; Case Management; Curriculum; Health Services for the Aged; Independent Living; Life Expectancy; Caregivers; Social Support; Curriculum; Licensure; Certification; Governing...
    • Corporations and Eldercare: A Survey of Available Programs and Services in Salt Lake County

    • Haynes, Kathleen Verity
    • 22.4 million households in the U.S. provide care for an older or disabled person. One-third to one-half of these people also have full-time jobs. 12% o f this group must give up their jobs to become full-time caregivers. Fortunately the enormous...
    • Caregivers; Data Collection; Workload; Occupational Health; Health Services Accessibility; Health Services for the Aged; Social Support; Long-Term Care; Insurance, Long-Term Care; Residence Characteristics; Retirement; Aging Populations; Eldercare...
    • Employing Older Workers: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention

    • Hebertson, Peter
    • The United States and Utah are currently undergoing the most dramatic demographic shift in recorded history. By the year 2020, the number of people 65+ is expected to double. This explosive age growth will impact every aspect of American society....
    • Population Characteristics; Retirement; Activities of Daily Living; Employment; Education, Professional, Return to Work; Retraining; Career Mobility; Job Satisfaction; Ageism; Age Distribution; Older Workers; Aging Populations; Employment Status
    • Positively Happy: Fostering Life Satisfaction Through a Five Session Workshop

    • Hoenig, Kathleen J.
    • The physical and psychological aspects of aging impact quality of life and often present challenges to living a healthy, happy life. Studies have shown that humor, happiness, and positive attitude influence quality of life. An initial inquiry via...
    • Personal Satisfaction; Activities of Daily Living; Quality of Life; Attitude to Health; Socialization; Motivation; Humor; Happiness; Laughter; Loneliness; Fear; Reinforcement (Psychology); Life Style; Self Care; Self Efficacy; Aging Populations;...
    • Residents’ Abuse Toward Nursing Assistants in Nursing Homes

    • Iizuka, Nobu
    • Literature reports that nursing assistants are at high risk of committing abusive behavior against residents in their nursing homes. Nursing assistants are defined as workers who provide 90% o f direct care to clients without professional nursing...
    • Elder Abuse; Nursing Homes; Residential Facilities; Nurses' Aides; Job Satisfaction; Burnout, Professional; Morale; Personnel Staffing and Scheduling; Conflict (Psychology); Sampling Studies; Aging Populations; Abusive Behavior; Elder Neglect;...
    • Salt Lake County Aging Services Outreach Program Handbook

    • Jorgensen, Paula
    • Salt Lake County Aging Services, Outreach Division, gratefully acknowledges the work of Paula Jorgensen, University of Utah Gerontology Center, in evaluating, updating, and improving the organization of this handbook to help us accomplish our...
    • Health Services for the Aged; Government Programs; Health Systems Agencies; Assisted Living Facilities; Residential Facilities; Health Facilities; Self-Help Groups; Community-Institutional Relation; Outreach; Handbooks; Directory; Gerontology...
    • Preparing the Salt Lake County Outreach Program for the 21st Century: Using Modern Technologies to...

    • Jorgensen, Paula Warner
    • Utah, as well as the nation, is experiencing dramatic growth in the number of elderly persons. Although many of today's seniors are healthier and more affluent than previous generations, many are also at risk because of limitations in income,...
    • Community-Institutional Relations; Access to Information; Activities of Daily Living; Self Care; Consumer Participation; Health Education; Health Services Needs and Demand; Technology; Outreach; Aging Populations
    • Finding Direction in the Medicaid Maze: A Guide for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

    • Knapp, Stacey R.
    • In my three years of experience as a nursing home social worker and now a nursing home administrator, it has always been difficult to help families and residents understand the Medicaid application process. The primary purpose of this project is to...
    • Nursing Homes; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Long-Term Care; Medicaid; Information Dissemination; Programmed Instruction as Topic; Eligibility Determination; Dual MEDICAID MEDICARE Eligibility; Handbooks; Aging Populations; Medical Assistance;...
    • Toward the Development of a Guide to Home Health Care for Older Adults

    • Koduri, Harika
    • The concept of aging in place is becoming more popular among American senior citizens. Aging in place allows older adults, typically 65 years and older, to live in their preferred environment with greater independence than they would enjoy in a...
    • Aged; Quality of Life; Independent Living; Home Health Aides; Home Care Services; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Services for the Aged; Preventive Health Services; Cost Control; Long-Term Care; Health Systems Agencies; Accident...
    • Presenting Corporate Eldercare: Helping Employers Assist Employed Caregivers

    • Larsen, Eve B.
    • A presentation on Eldercare was designed first, to encourage employers in providing a comprehensive benefits and programs package to their employees who currently care for elderly dependants. Second, to determine the readiness of a business in Utah...
    • Caregivers; Public-Private Sector Partnerships; Cooperative Behavior; Community Networks; Efficiency; Job Satisfaction; Family Leave; Health Care Costs; Aging Populations; Working Caregivers; Family Caregivers; Eldercare Benefit Programs
    • Financing Nursing Home Care in Salt Lake County: Web Site Recommendations

    • Luoma, Jeanne Ann
    • With approximately seven million Americans age 65 and older needing long term care in 2001, nursing home care is a vital health concern in an aging America. Unfortunately, studies show that many older adults, caregivers, and health care...
    • Long-Term Care; Nursing Homes; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Internet; Information Services; Consumer Health Information; Financing, Personal; Insurance, Long-Term Care; Medicare; Medicaid; Eligibility Determination; Gerontology; Aging Populations;...
    • Educational Programs for Older Adults in Salt Lake County: Filling the Gaps

    • Madsen, Erin James
    • Interviews with 32 directors of educational programs were conducted to create a description of programs for older adults in Salt Lake County and its surrounding area, and to find aspects in common among programs with high enrollment. Program...
    • Health Promotion; Retirement; Social Support; Education, Continuing; Learning; Activities of Daily Living; Community Networks; Recreation; Art; Socialization; Intergenerational Relations; Resource Guides; Aging Populations; Lifelong Learning; Adult...
    • A Course on Spirituality and Aging in the 21st Century: Development and DesignTaking a Life-Span...

    • Madsen, Lori
    • Gerontologists and gerontology educators provide important work on behalf of the needs of our aging population. Teaching and research in the field continues to move forward. Familiar terms have been coined to describe the positive components of...
    • Aging; Religion; Spirituality; Quality of Life; Adaptation, Psychological; Object Attachment; Education, Professional; Curriculum; Gerontology; Aging Populations; Spirituality and Aging; Optimal Aging; Life Course
    • Managing Elderly Depression in Primary Care: How a Medicare HMO measures up to AHCPR clinical...

    • Martin, Carol A.
    • A secondary data analysis was performed to determine how a Medicare HMO managed elderly depression as compared to depression management guidelines established by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). The subjects totaling 1958 (...
    • Depression; Diagnosis, Differential; Comorbidity; Aged; Medicare; Health Maintenance Organizations; United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Cross-Sectional Studies; Gerontology; Aging Populations; Depression Management; Depressed...
    • Physical Activity and the Older Adult: Assessing the Status of Exercise Programs in Salt Lake...

    • Matsukawa, Joi T.
    • The quantity of human life has been increased, it is now time to focus on increasing the "quality" of those added years. More than 80% of older adults in the United States suffer from at least one chronic disease. Physical activity has been shown...
    • Aged; Activities of Daily Living; Quality of Life; Attitude to Health; Social Participation; Exercise; Walking; Swimming; Exercise Therapy; Self Efficacy; Power (Psychology); Self Concept; Goals; Chronic Disease; Primary Prevention; Health...
    • Utah's Medicaid Moratorium Limiting Certification of Nursing Home Beds

    • McFall, Dennis N.
    • Following the expiration of Certificate of Need in 1984, the State of Utah experienced uncontrolled growth in the number of nursing home beds being constructed. This growth placed a strain on the state’s finances, exposed providers of long term...
    • Health Planning; Medicaid; Health Services Needs and Demand; Certificate of Need; Long-Term Care; Bed Occupancy; Nursing Homes; Health Services Accessibility; Reimbursement Mechanisms; Cost Control; Aging Populations; Moratorium
    • The Promise and Limits of Lifelong Learning in Utah: The Case of HB60

    • McKean-Pett, Claire
    • The concept of lifelong learning - continued learning throughout the complete life span - enjoys mainstream recognition and support in the United States. The challenge facing state funded institutions of higher education is the...
    • Learning; Aged; Students; Retirement; Education, Continuing; Mentors; Social Facilitation; Social Networking; Self Concept; Personal Satisfaction; Legislation; Public Policy; Aging Populations; Lifelong Learning; Adult Education; HB60; Tuition...
    • Design for a Workshop to Train Physical therapy Aides to Work with Geritraic Patients in Long-Term...

    • Morris, Marilyn
    • Physical therapy aides are being used for rehabilitation services in increasing numbers as a result of managed care programs and a need to reduce health care costs. In addition, the growing numbers of the frail elderly population have increased the...
    • Education, Nonprofessional; Long-Term Care; Frail Elderly; Rehabilitation; Physical Therapy Specialty; Education; Community Health Workers; Managed Care Programs; Health Services for the Aged; Health Care Costs; Aging Populations; Physical Therapy...
    • Offering Service-Learning in Gerontology Through a Coordinated Curriculum Model

    • Murakami, Jacob
    • The purpose of this project was to develop a model for introducing servicelearning to an entire academic gerontology program curriculum. Brief historical backgrounds of service-learning and of gerontology are provided, along with a discussion of...
    • Curriculum; Learning; Teaching; Geriatrics; Voluntary Workers; Community Networks; Social Welfare; Health Education; Competency-Based Education; Inservice Training; Problem-Based Learning; Training Techniques; Gerontological Education;...
    • The Development of a Clinical Gerontology Lab for Physical Therapy Students: Curriculum Strategies

    • Nelson, Jennifer
    • Physical therapists are currently being educated and trained to be "generalists". Most physical therapy curricula are designed with the intent of providing the basic components necessary to treat any patient population. The students are encouraged...
    • Physical Therapists; Education, Professional; Curriculum; Physical Therapy Specialty; Health Services for the Aged; Physical Examination; Geriatric Assessment; Rehabilitation; Recovery of Function; Gerontology; Aging Populations; Geriatric Care
    • Gender Role Perceptions and Women’s Caregiving Experiences

    • Nordmeyer, Kristjane
    • Providing care to an aging population is a growing public concern as the percentage and number of elderly persons requiring care continues to increase. Families, in particular women, are responsible for providing care to dependent relatives. This...
    • Women; Gender Identity; Role; Caregivers; Family Relations; Aged; Activities of Daily Living; Social Conformity; Socialization; Dependency (Psychology); Aging Populations; Caregiving; Gender Roles; Uncompensated Dependent Care; Women Caregivers;...
    • Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: A Training Manual for Special Care Unit Staff

    • Peacock, Kyle J.
    • Alzheimer’s Disease currently affects over 4 million adults, at a cost of care of over $90 billion annually. As the aging population increases, so will the number of individuals affected with this illness. Current services are inadequate, and...
    • Alzheimer Disease; Dementia; Memory; Long-Term Care; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Care Costs; Cost of Illness; Caregivers; Adaptation, Psychological; Manual Communication; Activities of Daily Living; Consumer Health Information;...
    • Leisure and the Aging Experience; Intrinsically Connected and Experienced Development of an Online...

    • Peterson, Marilyn M.
    • Aging is multi-faceted, and individualistic, no two individuals will experience it in the same way. There are, however, some basic concepts that, when understood, can provide an awareness of the varying aspects of aging. In summing up the aging...
    • Quality of Life; Personal Satisfaction; Leisure Activities; Recreation; Self Efficacy; Activities of Daily Living; Attitude to Health; Health Promotion; Health Services for the Aged; Curriculum; Interdisciplinary Studies; Competency-Based...
    • Participation of Widowed Older Adults in a Self-Care and Health Education Program: Application of...

    • Rice, Sarah Jane
    • Decreased morbidity and mortality are just two of the documented outcomes from health promotion activities. Older adults who have recently lost a spouse are potentially at greater risk of compromised health and of becoming more...
    • Spouses; Widowhood; Grief; Bereavement; Adaptation, Psychological; Health Promotion; Attitude to Health; Health Literacy; Health Behavior; Self Care; Independent Living; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Health Education; Questionnaires; Aging...
    • Hospice Nurses in Utah: A Qualitative Study of Their View on Hospice Nursing Philosophy and...

    • Ridley, Tracy Carol
    • The concept o f modern hospice care was conceived by Dame Cicely Saunders, a British nurse who later trained as a social worker and doctor. Her mandate was to offer holistic care consisting o f physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological...
    • Philosophy, Nursing; Nurse's Practice Patterns; Holistic Nursing; Hospice Care; Palliative Care; Caregivers; Advance Care Planning; Personhood; Empathy; Grief; Adaptation, Psychological; Defense Mechanisms; Aging Populations; Hospice Nursing;...
    • Rural Senior Centers in Utah Building Coalitions to Strengthen Communities

    • Robison, Nathaniel H.
    • Between 12,000 to 16,000 senior centers nation wide serve nearly 7 million people age 60 and older each day (Beisgen et al, 2003). With their overall goal to promote optimal aging with dignity and independence, senior centers have been appointed...
    • Rural Population; Rural Health; Rural Health Services; Home Care Services; Health Services Accessibility; Health Services Needs and Demand; Community Networks; Independent Living; Vulnerable Populations; Ageism; Senior Centers; Gerontology; Aging...
    • An Evaluation of State and County Area Agency on Aging Web Sites

    • Rose-Jarmin, Lesele
    • The baby boom generation, those people born between 1947 and 1964, is nearing retirement age. As the income producers retire, there is a loss of revenue available to the government. Simultaneously, there is an increased demand upon the government...
    • Internet; Information Dissemination; Access to Information; Consumer Health Information; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Life Expectancy; Independent Living; Activities of Daily Living; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Systems...
    • A Practical Guide to Assist Long-Term Care Managers Retaining Quality Nursing Personnel

    • Sorenson, Tim R.
    • The purpose of this project is to provide a practical guide for managers in long-term care settings to retain nursing staff. Staffing issues are probably the most important matters concerning maintaining quality care in long-term care settings...
    • Long-Term Care; Nursing Staff; Nurse Administrators; Nurses' Aides; Education, Professional, Retraining; Job Satisfaction; Morale; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Motivation; Personnel Selection; Quality of Health Care; Personnel Turnover; Stress,...
    • Lifelong Personality Traits and Interests of Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Responses to Video...

    • Steiner, Karen M.
    • The effect of lifelong personality traits and interests of persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) on their participation in certain activities offered in long term care (LTC) facilities is not well documented. In this study, family caregivers...
    • Personality; Alzheimer Disease; Long-Term Care; Caregivers; Respite Care; Memory Disorders; Dementia; Professional-Patient Relations; Geriatric Assessment; Communications Media; Patient Participation; Quality of Life; Questionnaires; Aging...
    • The Effects of Widowhood on Disabled Older Women

    • Telonidis, Jacqueline
    • This study examined the combined effects of being disabled and becoming widowed for older women. Data from three consecutive interviews from the Women’s Health and Aging Study (WHAS) were used to compare depression, quality of life, and...
    • Bereavement; Widowhood; Disabled Persons; Gender Identity; Quality of Life; Stress, Psychological; Depression; Social Isolation; Loneliness; Women's Health; Educational Status; Health Status; Social Class; Social Networking; Personal Satisfaction;...
    • The Development of a Standardized In-Service Training for Long-Term Care Employees in Utah

    • Thomas, Wendy M.
    • Long-term care (skilled nursing care and assisted living) in Utah faces a number of challenges in the coming years. The aging population is undoubtedly going to put more strain on an already stressed health care system. Increasing demands from...
    • Policy; Long-Term Care; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Assisted Living Facilities; Inservice Training; Education, Nonprofessional; Personnel Turnover; Nursing Staff; Personnel Management; Workload; Aging Populations; Training Module
    • Personal Enrichment in Later Life Through the Creative Learning Experience

    • Tolman, Kim Allen
    • From the day we are born, our minds and bodies and spirits begin to absorb information from the world around us. We see, touch, taste, smell and hear new things every day, all of which serve to educate us and enrich our lives. We spend the majority...
    • Aged; Retirement; Learning; Life Change Events; Self Concept; Personal Satisfaction; Personal Autonomy; Recreation; Creativity; Hobbies; Art; Literature; Drama; Aging Populations, Lifelong Learning; Optimal Aging Elder Quest
    • Aging in a New Place: Voices of Middle and Later Life Bosnian Refugees in Utah

    • Towsley, Gail Louise
    • The purpose of this study was to examine the migration and aging experiences of middle and later life Bosnian refugees. The long term aim of this study was to gain greater knowledge about Bosnian refugees, in order to provide cultural insight for...
    • Culture; Intergenerational Relations; Life Change Events; Emigration and Immigration; Refugees; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ethnic Groups; Genocide; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Health Services for the Aged; Attitude; Social Support; Social...
    • A Look at a Community Coming Together Through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program

    • Trickey, Rebecca
    • The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness o f Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a community program designed to facilitate older adults’ ability to remain independent and live in their own homes while preserving their quality of...
    • Independent Living; Quality of Life; Activities of Daily Living; Social Support; Voluntary Workers; Health Services for the Aged; Long-Term Care; Community Networks; Residence Characteristics; Program Evaluation; Questionnaires; Volunteers; Aging...
    • Meeting the Healthy Needs of the Baby-Boomer Population: Development of a Health Aging Program

    • Wild, Lauri K.
    • The baby boom generation, the largest group of Americans ever born within an eighteen year time span, is at a crossroads. At nearly 76 million strong, boomers represent more than one out of every four Americans (US Census Bureau, 2000). The quality...
    • Age Groups; Healthy People Programs; Life Expectancy; Epigenomics; Life Style; Life Change Events; Social Adjustment; Health Behavior; Quality of Life; Activities of Daily Living; Attitude to Health; Chronic Disease; Consumer Health Information;...
    • Food and Dining in Assisted Living: A Cultural Audit of Assisted Living Facilities Meeting...

    • Williams, Michael J.
    • The purpose of this paper is to profile Foods of the World, a cultural program focused on culture and food, to be implemented in assisted living facilities. Currently the United States is experiencing dramatic growth in the number of older adults....
    • Activities of Daily Living; Food; Diet; Menu Planning; Meals; Cultural Diversity; Assisted Living Facilities; Life Style; Quality of Life; Social Support; Health Behavior; Religion; Personal Satisfaction; Appetite; Food Preferences; Aging...
    • Pocketbook in Dermatogeriatrics: An Innovative and Practical Geriatric Dermatology Reference

    • Wong, Jillian Wahmei
    • The elderly population is growing rapidly. This, in combination with the chronicity of many dermatological conditions, results in a prevalent geriatric patient population in dermatology. Elderly dermatology patients have special needs in terms...
    • Skin Aging; Skin Physiological Processes; Skin Care; Pathologic Processes; Skin Diseases; Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases; Skin Neoplasms; Comorbidity; Age Factors; Psychosocial Deprivation; Causality; Diagnosis, Differential; Therapeutics;...
    • The Impact of Caregiving Burden on Caregivers' Anxiety About Aging

    • Wullschleger, Karla Scroggin
    • This study examined the relationship between caregiving burden and the caregivers' anxiety about their own aging. Other related sociodemographic, social, and social support factors were also examined. The 894 respondents in this research...
    • Caregivers; Aging; Anxiety; Adaptation, Psychological; Life Change Events; Activities of Daily Living; Residential Facilities; Nursing Homes; Social Support; Self-Help Groups; Self Concept; Attitude to Health; Sampling Studies; Questionnaires;...
    • Elderly Guardianship: Recommendations for a Facility-Based Nonprofit Model

    • Zike, Maria
    • It is my intent with this project to begin to offer solutions to the need for guardianship services in the metropolitan Salt Lake area. This project begins by introducing some general concepts of guardianship and a number of the challenges that the...
    • Legal Guardians; Decision Making; Social Responsibility; Public Policy; Mental Competency; Organizations, Nonprofit; Financing, Organized; Long-Term Care; Health Services for the Aged; Institutionalization; Caregivers; Nursing Homes; Advance...
    • Salt Lake County Senior Medical Transportation Survey

    • Zucconi, Merrie
    • The objective of the Senior Medical Transportation Survey was to identify how people sixty years of age and older, living in the Salt Lake County area, were meeting their medical transportation needs. The three-month, non-thesis research project...
    • Health Services Needs and Demand; Needs Assessment; Data Collection; Independent Living; Transportation of Patients; Activities of Daily Living; Health Services for the Aged; Health Care Costs; Systems Integration; Surveys; Aging Populations;...

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