ERIC Number: ED231718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Medical and Social Service Needs of Older Persons - A Project Report.
Hiltner, John; Bair, C. William
A study to determine the health status of older persons and to analyze the support provided to them by community health and social service agencies in Ohio is reported. As a cooperative effort of the Gerontology Program and the Medical College at Bowling Green University, the project specifically sought to conduct a health needs assessment of older residents in urban and rural environments, compare urban and rural communities with respect to health status and community resource utilization, incorporate findings into the Medical College and Gerontology Program curriculums, and identify data collection problems. Over 300 participants living either in a city, small town, or open rural country responded to the Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire. All of the elderly were functioning quite well despite advanced age and the diversity of their environments. However, the need exists for physicians to be aware of the needs, problems, and environment of their elderly clients. Also, adequate health insurance had a significant impact on economic self-sufficiency and well-being. Needs for planned social and recreational services for the elderly and for effective outreach and program publicity were demonstrated. The major benefit of the project was the cooperation among the medical school, social science faculty, and graduate students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Denver, CO, April 24-27, 1983).