Title Social Isolation of Older Adults
Subtitle Strategies to Bolster Health and Well-Being (Critical Topics in an Aging Society)
Author Lenard W. Kaye, Clifford M. Singer
ISBN 9780826146984
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 306
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Critical strategies for confronting a dire, yet under-addressed societal epidemic—the risky and potentially deadly consequences for older adults living a socially isolated life, are the focus for this book. By documenting our current understanding of the complex and multi-dimensional nature of social isolation among elders, the authors highlight innovative and alternative forms of community and later-life relationships that can serve to forestall or prevent social isolation and loneliness.

With contributions from recognized scholars, clinicians, and elder-policy activists, as well as from multiple practice perspectives (direct service providers, administrators, researchers, and educators) the book documents the interrelated issues of social relationships and health in late life. It describes creative programs and intervention techniques that help maintain the integrity of an older adult’s individual, group, and community relations, communication pathways, and a sense of belonging. The book also illuminates multidisciplinary and integrated best practices for minimizing the risk of late life social isolation. Case studies showcase the issues that arise in clinical practice and service delivery and demonstrate proven methods for effectively addressing them.

Key Features:

  • Delivers best-practice strategies and interventions for bolstering older adult social health and community engagement
  • Written by top scholars in the gerontology community
  • Explores the life-threatening risks and consequences of social isolation for older adults and their families
  • Describes the wide range of social relationships that can determine the extent to which older adults will be at risk of becoming socially isolated
  • Considers the role that older adult diversity and difference plays in determining quality of life and the integrity of relationships
  • Highlights physical, behavioral, environmental, social, and economic forces that can influence the quality of late life relationships




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Part I. Setting the Context

Chapter 1. The Scourge of Social Isolation and Its Threat to Older Adult Health (Lenard W. Kaye and Clifford M. Singer)

Chapter 2. Historical Perspectives on the Research of Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Social Support
(Mary Lou Ciolfi)

Chapter 3. Making the Case: The Clinical Value of Assessing Older Adults’ Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Social Relationships (Sarah Pillemer, Chelsea Schoen, and Sloane Sheldon)

Chapter 4. International Perspectives on Social Relationships, Social Isolation, and Well-Being Among Older Adults (Howard Litwin)

Part II. Proven Strategies and Programs for Promoting Social Integration and Health

Chapter 5. Friend Power—A View From the Front Lines: The Importance of Relationships in the Lives of the Disabled, People With Dementia, and Older Adults (Hope Reiner)

Chapter 6. Physical Activity for Older Adults: Supporting Social Integration (Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Erica Robertson, Susan Wehry, and Shirley A. Weaver)

Chapter 7. Designing Age Friendly Communities as a Strategy for Enhancing Social Connectedness
(Patricia Huffman Oh)

Chapter 8. Healthy Places and the Social Life of Older Adults (Keith Diaz Moore, Ivis Garcia, and Ja Young Kim)

Chapter 9. Volunteering as a Strategy for Combatting Social Isolation (Jennifer A. Crittenden)

Chapter 10. Using Technology to Advance Social Health (Hiroko H. Dodge)

Chapter 11. Spirituality and Religion in the Lives of Elders (Kenneth J. Doka)

Chapter 12. Involving Our Pets in Relationship Building—Pets and Elder Well-Being (Aubrey H. Fine and
Erika Friedmann)

Part III. Special Challenges Influencing Social Connectedness in Later Life

Chapter 13. Social Networks and Social Isolation Among LGBT Older Adults (Sandra S. Butler)

Chapter 14. Family and Intergenerational Relationships (Donna M. Butts and Kristin Bodiford)

Chapter 15. Rethinking Love, Intimacy, and Sexual Relationships in the Later Years (Nicholas Velotta and
Pepper Schwartz)

Chapter 16. The Gendered Nature of Later Life Relationships (Edward H. Thompson, Jr. and Kate de Medeiros)

Chapter 17. The Social Implications of Growing Old in Small Towns and Rural Communities (Kristina M. Hash,
Deana F. Morrow, and Mandana R. Weirich)

Appendix: Resources on Older Adult Social Isolation and Relationships (Lisa Dezso)


About the Editors:

Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD, is professor of social work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging. A prolific writer in the field of healthcare and aging, he has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters and 14 books on specialized topics in aging. Dr. Kaye is the director of the Encore Leadership Corps (ENCorps), codirector of evaluation of the Penquis Regional Linking Project, and was the principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research project Balancing Act: Impact on Falls in Older Adults With Vision Impairment. Dr. Kaye is also the lead organizer of the International Symposium on Safe Medicine, and a founding board member of the International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety. Dr. Kaye was the 2010 recipient of the Career Achievement Award of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW). He has served on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the advisory boards of a wide range of national and local health and human service programs for older adults. He is a national research mentor for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholars Program, a research scientist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and past president of both the Maine and New York State gerontological societies. He is the past chair of the National Association of Social Worker Section on Aging, sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and Geriatric Care Management Journal, and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Clifford M. Singer, MD, is a psychiatrist and geriatrician who has been a physician, teacher, and researcher for more than 30 years. He carries with him memories of the thousands of older adults he has known and with whom he has had the privilege of working over that period of time. He currently serves as chief of geriatric mental health and neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, Maine and an adjunct professor at the University of Maine. He leads a multidisciplinary team in the Mood and Memory Clinic at Acadia Hospital and is the principal investigator for the Acadia/Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial program. He trained in general psychiatry and geriatric medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University and Portland VA Medical Center and served on the psychiatry and neurology faculty from 1988 to 2005. He was the founding president of the Oregon Geriatric Society and received an award in 2005 from the Oregon Department of Human Services for service to older adults in Oregon with mental illness and dementia. He moved to the University of Vermont in 2005 and then to Maine in 2010 to start the geriatric program at Acadia Hospital. Dr. Singer is vice president and president-elect of the Dirigo Maine Geriatrics Society. He was named “Teacher of the Year” by the EMMC Family Medicine residents in 2016. He has made national and regional television and radio appearances speaking on topics related to aging. He has published 38 papers and 18 book chapters and given more than 330 presentations at regional and national meetings.

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Useful for clinical psychologists, gerontologists and social workers.

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