Stay UA, through a service coordinator who is a member of the Upper Arlington Fire Division, identifies fragile residents (older adults and residents with disabilities) and links them with supportive services and service providers who can assist them to safely and successfully age in place. The program is responsive in that the service coordinator, representing the Fire Division, is involved during or shortly after emergency calls, most often resulting in the resident being receptive to interventions due to the follow-up role with the Fire Division. Stay UA discovers the needs, matches the resident’s needs with available community services, makes the referral, and relies on community providers to then provide appropriate services to the residents. The pilot test is a collaboration between the City and InCare/National Church Residences, funded by the Reverend John R. Glenn Foundation for the period April 2009 through March 2010. Ongoing funding and operational strategies are being considered following the pilot test period. During the pilot test period, a broad base of collaborative support has been received from the Upper Arlington Commission on Aging, Northwest Counseling, the Upper Arlington Senior Center and Senior Association, the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Trinity United Methodist Church, First Community Church, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, the American Association of Service Coordinators, the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology and the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. It is believed the Stay UA program is one of the first formalized Service Coordination programs associated with first responders – Fire/EMS. Interest in replicating the program has been expressed by several other city and township fire departments in Ohio. The Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology has been actively involved in the development of this program, along with the many other community partners listed above. For more information contact Linda Mauger at 614-293-8031 or Mauger.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jermome Kaplan Award for best graduate student paper.
- Arnedia Smith Award for the best undergraduate student paper.
- Outstanding Student Paper on conference theme.
National Association of Social Workers Jane B. Aaron Dissertation Fellowship, with the support of his chair Dr. Virginia Richardson, has just completed his dissertation study of midlife and older gay men and their utilization of health care and mental health services. Older gay men and lesbians, out of fear of discrimination, are five times less likely to access health care and social services. Researchers have found that 51% to 82% of lesbians and gay men do not disclose their sexual orientation to health and social service providers. A sample of 260 participants was obtained from gay choruses and an older gay men’s social group called the Prime Timers. The goals of this study were to understand whether enabling factors, including income, education, and support from friends, family, and community influenced service use. The psychosocial stress factors including stigma, discrimination, and internalized homophobia, and individual health coping factors including internal health locus of control and resiliency were included in the analysis. The results found that community support and resiliency were significant influencing factors for mental health service use. For physical health visits, support from friends was found to significantly influence health care service use as well as the increase in internalized homophobia. Discrimination was found to influence physical health visits inversely; as discrimination increased physical health visits decreased. Overwhelmingly the sample had disclosed their sexual orientation to both their health care and mental health providers. However, it was only found to be statistically significant in mental health service use. Mental health distress was found to influence both physical and mental health service use, which highlights the importance of health care practitioners and social workers understanding this connection, along with the effects of discrimination which has negative implications for physical health visits. The outcomes of this study provide a starting point to better understand those midlife and older gay men who face marginalization and it highlights the importance of support from friends. The promotion of more effective interventions and policy changes that increase community support within health care service settings for midlife and older gay men will increase the health and well-being of this population. Read more about Shawn’s research….
Eden Alternative and the Pioneer Network or Googling "Culture Change in Long-Term Care" for a glimpse of the many active culture change initiatives. Locally, Westminster-Thurber Community is hosting “The Role of the Nurse in Culture Change,” presented by Skilled Care Pharmacy, Senior Resources Alliance, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Service, and AOPHA. This exciting event features Susan Misiorski and Cean Eppelheimer – leading authorities in culture change! Their presentation is designed to explore the opportunities, barriers, and solutions surrounding the role of nursing in culture change. Participants at the event will gain a better understanding of how the core tenets of nursing are compatible with the goals of culture change. Please see the event invitation and feel free to pass this announcement along to colleagues you feel might have an interest in attending. Details of the Event Date and Time: November 4, 2009 -- 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Cost: $49.00 per person with a Special rate of $20.00 for students Location: Westminster Thurber Community (Auditorium), 717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215 Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am. Five (5) CEUs are available for Nurses and Administrators. If you have additional questions or would like to register, please contact Lauren Mathis at (614) 228-8888, ext. 202. Watch for the fall quarter edition of Aging News at The Ohio State University in early November.