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The Impact of Moving toward a Culture of Empowerment in the Lives of Residents of Assisted Living Centers

Abstract ABSTRACT The massive number of baby boomers approaching retirement age has been termed the `gray tsunami.' As America's gray tsunami approaches, healthcare workers and social workers will become overwhelmed with requests for services and supports (St. Luke's Health Initiative, 2001; Bekemeier, 2009). This impact can be ameliorated by assisting aging individuals in maintaining or in some cases regaining independence. Individuals who live in assisted living facilities (AFLs) come from diverse backgrounds. Many of these individuals have lived in paternalistic environments such as prisons and mental health institutions. As a consequence of these disempowering conditions, residents of ALFs may experience increased depression, decreas... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Hedgpeth, Jay Lewis (Author) / Napoli, Maria (Advisor) / Gerdes, Karen (Committee member) / Bonifas, Robin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social work / Aging / Health care management / assisted living / older / quality of life resilience / resilience / self-determination
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 96 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Social Work 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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