ERIC Number: ED214070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Are Neighbors a Viable Support System for the Frail Elderly?
Kaplan, Barbara H.; Fleisher, Dorothy
This paper describes Project LINC (Living Independently through Neighborhood Cooperation), a model of service delivery that responds to the needs of the frail elderly on a neighborhood basis. The organization of Project LINC is explained, based on four components, i.e.,: (1) intergenerational helping networks; (2) exchange bank of skills and services; (3) a volunteer corps of residents; and (4) co-sponsorship. Issues and outcomes which have developed during the 18 months that LINC has been in operation are discussed. Difficulties encountered in forming intergenerational networks and exchange banks are presented, including problems resulting from the entry of more young and middle-aged women into the work force and their subsequent unavailability for daytime services, and from the elderly adult's strong desire to remain self-sufficient. On-going research on the LINC model is described, the purpose of which is to determine the viability of neighbors as a support system for the elderly. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intergenerational Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).