ERIC Number: ED309380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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The Future of Community-Based Services for the Old-Old: Technological and Ethical Challenges.
Kaye, Lenard W.
This paper reviews current demographic and programmatic trends with respect to the frail elderly. These trends include the projected growth in population of those 65 and older between now and 2030; the rapidly improving economic status of the older adult population and its effect on views of what the elderly's share of public money should be; the increasing diversity, fragmentation, and complexity of the gerontological services network and its effect on this cohort; the needs of growing numbers of third and fourth generation families that are unable to care for the needs of their 85-and-older relatives; and the questionable quality, inadequate funding, and resulting stigma attached to many existing community services. It is noted that community workers are also challenged by recent technological advances in community-based treatment, such as the wide range of in-home advanced medical and communication technologies now available to the elderly. In light of these trends, the paper addresses questions of staffing, training, and organizational design for services and makes suggestions concerning the future design of community-based care for the oldest old. References are included. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society on Aging (35th, Washington, DC, March 18-21, 1989).