Older Adults Health: Community Care and Disability Management

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)
RC11 Sociology of Aging

Language: English

Many seniors fail to report health problems, delay seeking health care, and/or do not manage their chronic conditions to clinical standards. Health care services are often less personal, siloed, and do not consider patients’ active roles in their health care. There is an urgent need to reduce health care costs for seniors, potentially by developing cost-effective, community-based programs. Research shows that seniors’ participation in reciprocity-focused community activities reduces loneliness and helps them age-in-place, but there is limited literature as to whether and how seniors’ involvement in these community groups helps to maintain or improve their health outcomes. This session will examine whether community-based groups for seniors, such as support groups, time-banks, village models, naturally-occurring retirement communities (NORCs), senior centers, or other community-capacity building strategies (aka social capital), are effective in addressing chronic condition management (e.g., depression or mental health disorders, mild cognitive or physical functioning difficulties, etc.), perhaps compared to the usual standard of care via medical or pharmaceutical  interventions. Papers may focus on community-based groups and seniors’ connections and reciprocity among neighbors to reduce social isolation, improve self-care/management practices or health behaviors, improve self-reported health or well-being, or lower health care use, costs, medications, or hospitalizations. Papers may use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.
Session Organizer:
Ronica ROOKS, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, USA
Mohammad AKRAM, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
Oral Presentations
Local Health Promoted Groups and Health in Old Age: A Case of Genki Stations in Yokohama
Daisuke WATANABE, Seikei University, Japan; Shino SAWAOKA, The Dia Foundation for Research on Ageing Societies, Japan
Time-Banking and Health: Is It a Suitable and Sustainable Social Capital Building Model for Seniors?
Ronica ROOKS, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, USA; Sarah MCCARTHY, Fairhill & Company, USA
Governing Healthcare Safety at the Margins: The Challenges of Good Governance in the Care Home ‘Hinterlands’
Emily GARTSHORE, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; Stephen TIMMONS, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers