ERIC Number: ED228583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Effectiveness of a Neighborhood Based Informal Support System.
Fleisher, Dorothy; Kaplan, Barbara H.
Project LINC (Living Independently through Neighborhood Cooperation) was a three year demonstration project designed to enable older people to remain in independent living by strengthening their neighborhood-based informal support systems. To determine if LINC met its goals and reached the elderly population it was designed for, a pre- and post-project evaluation was completed. A correlated t test measured changes in 101 respondents' perceptions over a 6-month period. The project's intergenerational focus was reflected in the age distribution of respondents, ranging from 22 to 91 (75% were over 60). Almost half of the elderly described themselves as being in fair to poor health. Results showed that LINC increased opportunities for socialization and stimulated the exchange of services among neighbors, contributing to an increase in reported life satisfaction. These gains were most notable for the more vulnerable elderly and those in poorer health. A series of eleven tables is included, giving demographic information and a summary of responses to the interview questionnaire. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project LINC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982).