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Chronic Conditions and Psychological Distress in Older Asian Americans: The Mediating Role of Subjective Health Perception.

Hyunwoo Yoon, Seoyoun Kim, Mitra Naseh, Ya-Ching Huang, Yuri Jang,

Given the importance of understanding the connection between physical and mental health in old age, the study examined the mediating role of subjective health perception in the relationship between chronic conditions and psychological distress among older Asian Americans. Using data from 533 Asian Americans aged 60 and over in the ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-14]

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Introducing Issue 64(8), the Mini Special Issue on COVID-19 and Older Adults.

Robin P Bonifas,

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(8):863]

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Conceptualizing How Caregiving Relationships Connect to Quality of Family Caregiving within the Stress Process Model.

Kylie N Meyer, Ashlie Glassner, Kyungmi Lee, Carolyn E Z Pickering, Carole L White,

Family caregivers provide the majority of care for older and disabled family members living with an illness or disability. Although most caregivers want to provide high-quality care, many report providing care that is potentially harmful. We apply the Stress Process Model to review the preponderance of literature implicating quality of ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-14]

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Decision Support Needs for Patients with Severe Symptomatic Aortic Stenosis.

M Pilar Ingle, Adam M Carroll, Daniel D Matlock, Kristy D Gama, Javier A Valle, Larry A Allen, Christopher E Knoepke,

Social workers in healthcare settings often support patient decision-making processes for complex medical decisions. The objective of this study was to examine decision support needs for patients considering aortic valve replacement (AVR) for aortic stenosis. Seventeen qualitative interviews were conducted to explore treatment decision experiences of patients who accepted AVR. ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-15]

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Comparing Community-based Intergenerational Activities in Israel: Participants, Programs, and Perceived Outcomes.

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Aline Muff,

This study investigated whether the content of different community-based intergenerational programs (IGPs) affects their perceived impact on older and younger participants. Data were collected through direct structured questionnaires administered to 84 older, and 96 younger participants, and were assessed using both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Different IGP types involved participants ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-17]

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Rising above the Flood: A Systematic Review of Gerontological Social Work in Disaster Preparedness and Response.

Susanny J Beltran, Paola Luigi, Nancy Kusmaul, Milo Leon,

Physical/cognitive limitations associated with the aging process place older adults at disproportionate risk of negative consequences during disasters. Guided by the profession's commitment to supporting vulnerable populations, gerontological social workers have long been on the frontlines supporting older adults during disasters. Yet, disaster social work practice remains an undeveloped and ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-17]

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Introducing the Special Issue on Nursing Home Social Services Research.

Robin P Bonifas,

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(7):697-698]

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'You've Got No Support': The Experiences of Older Male Caregivers When Their Partner Enters Residential Care.

Jamie Fowler, Barbara Blundell, Claire Morrisby, Antonia Hendrick,

This qualitative phenomenological study explored the experiences and needs of eight older male caregivers after their partner entered full-time residential aged care within the past 36 months. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, thematically analyzed, and member-checked for accuracy. This transition was a time of significant turmoil for caregivers. Feelings of grief, loss, ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-16]

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A COVID Reset: The Future of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Its Volunteer Advocates.

H Wayne Nelson, F Ellen Netting,

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-7]

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Grandparents' Mental Health and Lived Experiences while Raising Their Grandchildren at the Forefront of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia.

Nazik M A Zakari, Hanadi Y Hamadi, Chloe E Bailey, Ebtesam A M Jibreel,

Understanding grandparents' lived experiences and healthy aging is essential to designing efficient, effective, and safe services to support a family structure in which grandparents care for their grandchildren. However, no study to date has explored this concept in an Arab and Muslim country during a pandemic. The purpose of this ... Read more >>

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[2021, :1-17]

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Perceptions of older adults? Measuring positive, negative, and physical descriptors using the stereotype content and strength survey.

Kristy J Carlson, David R Black, Daniel C Coster,

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health of older adults. In addition to a higher risk for serious illness and death, the societal value of senescent adults was challenged. There have been conflicting results reported in the research literature regarding positive and negative stereotypes of older adults, and areliable ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-13]

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Emerging directions of cognitive aging with HIV: practice and policy implications for social work.

David E Vance, Yookyong Lee, David Scott Batey, Wei Li, Crystal Chapman Lambert, Sai Rashmi Nakkina, Joseph N Anderson, Kristen Triebel, Jun Y Byun, Pariya L Fazeli,

Cognitive impairments have been endemic to the HIV epidemic since its beginning and persist to this day. These impairments are attributed to HIV-induced neuroinflammation, the long-term effects of combination antiretroviral therapy, lifestyle factors (e.g., sedentary behavior, substance use), neuro-comorbidities (e.g., depression), age-associated comorbidities (e.g., heart disease, hypertension), and others causes. ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-19]

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"Please Don't Let Academia Forget about Us:" An Exploration of Nursing Home Social Work Experiences during COVID-19.

Vivian J Miller, Keith Anderson, Noelle L Fields, Nancy Kusmaul,

Nursing home social workers are on the frontlines during COVID-19 responding to individual resident needs, the needs of staff, and larger health needs of the nursing home. However, it is unclear whether nursing home social workers feel adequately trained and prepared in responding to disasters, such as COVID-19. To explore ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-15]

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Precarity in Later Life.

Yeonjung Jane Lee,

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-3]

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Room Arrangement and Social Cohesion in Senior Homes - A Study in China.

Zhe Wang,

Private rooms are widely preferred by residents in senior homes. However, having roommates may help them to maintain social networks, leading to promoted social cohesion and health. The differences in social cohesion among senior-home residents who reside in private or shared rooms need investigation. Focusing on social cohesion and room ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-16]

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Introducing the First Special Issue on COVID-19 and Older Adults.

Robin P Bonifas,

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(6):569-570]

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Dimensions of Caregiver Burden between Compound and Noncompound Caregivers of Adults with Autism.

Christina N Marsack-Topolewski, Fei Wang,

The expanding population of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will increase the number of aging parents who often assume the role of primary caregivers. Among aging caregivers of adults with ASD, compound caregiving (caring for additional family members) has become an increasingly common scenario. However, limited research has examined ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-19]

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Risk Factors Affecting Mental Health During The Early Stages Of The Covid-19 Pandemic In High-Risk 50+ Population In The Czech Republic.

Jitka Vaculíková, Magdalena Hanková,

This study deals with key factors affecting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are based on the longitudinal representative 50+ population-based multi-country panel study Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) in which representative samples of individuals in European countries plus Israel were collected. The goal is ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-26]

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Role of Nursing Home Quality on COVID-19 Cases and Deaths: Evidence from Florida Nursing Homes.

Xiaochuan Wang, Courtney Wilson, Khristen Holmes,

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disproportionately affects nursing home residents, resulting in an elevated risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality for this frail population. It is critical to understand whether nursing home quality is related to COVID-19 cases and deaths. Using publicly available data obtained from Centers for Medicare & ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(8):885-901]

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Social Service Directors' Roles and Self-Efficacy in Suicide Risk Management in US Nursing Homes.

Xiaochuan Wang, Kelsey Simons, Denise Gammonley, Amy Restorick Roberts, Mercedes Bern-Klug,

Nursing home (NH) residents have many risk factors for suicide in later life and transitions into and out of NHs are periods of increased suicide risk. The purpose of this study was to describe NH social service directors (SSDs) roles in managing suicide risk and to identify factors that influence ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(7):791-810]

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Facility and Family Communication during the COVID-19 Visit Restriction: Early Perspectives of Family Members.

Jane K Straker, Mi Sun Choi,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, family concerns regarding residents in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) increased due to a high proportion of COVID cases and deaths among residents and restrictions that made it impossible to visit. These changes created numerous challenges for facilities communicating with families, and between families and residents. However, ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(8):902-913]

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Villages: Results from a National Survey.

Natalie Galucia, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Peter Sun, Tanner Meyer, Ying Li,

Villages are consumer-driven organizations that promote aging-in-place. This study documents the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Villages and explores variation in response by age of the organization, size of the membership, staffing model, and geographic location. In summer, 2020, we distributed an online survey to executive administrators of 286 ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-20]

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Dementia Care Involvement and Training Needs of Social Services Directors in U.S. Nursing Homes.

Jung Kwak, Kevin M Smith, Mercedes Bern-Klug, Kristin Kalin,

This study describes social services directors' involvement in dementia care in U.S. nursing homes, focusing on interest in and needs for dementia care training. Respondents were 924 social service directors from U.S. nursing homes. We found that 87% of social service departments engaged in cognitive assessment; 59% of social services ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, 64(7):851-862]

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Dating Behaviors of Older Black Women.

Margaret A Salisu,

The complexities of older Black women's dating behaviors and preferences were uncovered in this phenomenology study with 14 older Black single and/or widowed women. The participants recognized that, as older Black women, their sexuality did not simply pertain to whether they were dating, it encompassed various factors that influenced their ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-21]

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Social Work Response to Elder Abuse in Uganda: Voices from Practitioners.

Charles Kiiza Wamara,

Social workers across the globe are at the forefront of tackling elder abuse, as they are committed to social justice, human rights, and respect for human diversity. However, research on social workers' response to elder abuse in Sub-Saharan Africa remains scarce. This qualitative study assessed how social workers in Uganda ... Read more >>

J Gerontol Soc Work (Journal of gerontological social work)
[2021, :1-21]

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