ERIC Number: ED300740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Linking Intergenerational Need, Knowledge, and Service.
Healey, Catherine B.
Research in the 1970s proved that the notion that elderly persons are being neglected by their families is a myth. This study evaluated the LINKS (Linking Intergenerational Needs, Knowledge and Services) project, a telephone support and counseling service which provides educational information, counseling, and information on existing resources and services to all callers of any age concerning an older adult. Information was collected which describes and summarizes observations on persons utilizing the LINKS program. Results showed 62% of the calls were made by family members, 26% by the elderly themselves, and only 3% by service providers. The majority of family caregivers (69%) were found to be between the ages of 40 and 70, with 8% being older than 70 years, usually the aging spouse or sibling. Family members, usually females, were providing the care. A profile of the person about whom the calls were made indicated that 75% were over 55 years of age and 64% were over 60 years of age. Problems fell into four large categories: physical health, social services, housing relocation, and counseling for mental or psychological problems. The greatest percentage of problems (31%) related to housing or inability to maintain independent life arrangements. The greatest need identified was for affordable in-home care so that people could remain independent in their own homes. This research reconfirmed earlier research on the relationship of the elderly and their families. It also supports the concern over affordable in-home care. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society (8th, New Orleans, LA, April 13-16, 1987).