Later-Life Social Support and Service Provision in Diverse and Vulnerable Populations offers current, multidisciplinary perspectives on social support and service provision to older Americans. The chapters trace how our understanding of social support among older adults has developed over the past 40 years and explore current gerontological research in the area. They consider how informal care arrangements articulate with formal long-term care policies and programs to provide support to the diverse population of older Americans. They also emphasize heterogeneity in the composition of support networks, particularly in relation to gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and immigrant status. Collectively, the chapters provide insight into the complexity of older adult’s social support networks that can be used to improve the services provided to caregivers and care recipients as well as the policies that promote high-quality support to people of all ages who are in need of assistance.

chapter 1|7 pages

Social Support and Service Provision to Older Adults

An Introduction and Overview

chapter 2|19 pages

Social Relations and Social Support

Understanding Group and Individual Differences

chapter 3|11 pages

The Aging and Latinization of the United States

Opportunities and Investments

chapter 7|23 pages

LGBT Older Adults Emerging from the Shadows

Health Disparities, Risk & Resilience

chapter 8|18 pages

Caregiving in Later Life

Challenges and Policies

chapter 9|19 pages

Long-Distance Caregiving

Unique Challenges and Service Needs

chapter 10|18 pages

Improving Access to Geriatrics Care for Rural Veterans

A Successful Partnership Between Urban Medical Centers and Rural Clinics

chapter 11|35 pages

The Synergistic Interplay of Philosophy, Place, Program, and Policy

Learning the Art of the Possible from Small-House Nursing Homes