The Resource The new neighborhood senior center : redefining social and service roles for the baby boom generation, Joyce Weil

The new neighborhood senior center : redefining social and service roles for the baby boom generation, Joyce Weil

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The new neighborhood senior center : redefining social and service roles for the baby boom generation
Title
The new neighborhood senior center
Title remainder
redefining social and service roles for the baby boom generation
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Weil
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In 2011, seven thousand American "baby boomers" (those born between 1946 and 1964) turned sixty-five daily. As this largest U.S. generation ages, cities, municipalities, and governments at every level must grapple with the allocation of resources and funding for maintaining the quality of life, health, and standard of living for an aging population. In The New Neighborhood Senior Center, Joyce Weil uses in-depth ethnographic methods to examine a working-class senior center in Queens, New York. She explores the ways in which social structure directly affects the lives of older Americans and traces the role of political, social, and economic institutions and neighborhood processes in the decision to close such centers throughout the city of New York. Many policy makers and gerontologists advocate a concept of "aging in place," whereby the communities in which these older residents live provide access to resources that foster and maintain their independence. But all "aging in place" is not equal and the success of such efforts depends heavily upon the social class and availability of resources in any given community. Senior centers, expanded in part by funding from federal programs in the 1970s, were designed as focal points in the provision of community-based services. However, for the first wave of "boomers," the role of these centers has come to be questioned. Declining government support has led to the closings of many centers, even as the remaining centers are beginning to "rebrand" to attract the boomer generation. However, The New Neighborhood Senior Centerdemonstrates the need to balance what the boomers' want from centers with the needs of frailer or more vulnerable elders who rely on the services of senior centers on a daily basis. Weil challenges readers to consider what changes in social policies are needed to support or supplement senior centers and the functions they serve."--
  • "In this book, ethnographic work at a working-class senior center in Queens, NY, is used as a case study to examine the role of social structure, not only upon the life stories of older individuals attending the center, but in affecting and being affected by changes at the level of the center, from the local community, city, and beyond. The work traces the effects of political, social, and economic institutions, organizations, and neighborhood processes involved in the decision to close, or "shutter," a senior center that was not even part of the Department for the Aging's (DFTA) leaked closure list. The discussion is then expanded to include issues related to the trend of "re-branding," or making existing senior centers more innovative, to attract Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964). With 7,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 years of age each day in 2011 in the United States, considerable time and effort have been spent making centers appealing to the Baby Boomers. Yet, at the same time, a need is seen to balance the Boomers' center models to also accommodate the needs of a group of more frail or "vulnerable" elders who also rely on the services of senior centers on a daily basis."--
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
362.6/309747
Index
index present
LC call number
HV1455.2.U62
LC item number
N78 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The new neighborhood senior center : redefining social and service roles for the baby boom generation, Joyce Weil
Publication
Note
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: Shuttered1 The History of Senior Centers: The Rise of the Center Movement and How Centers Form Spatial Identity2 The Case of the Center before "Shuttering": The Daily Life of the Center3 The Case of the Center as It "Shutters"4 Reconstructing "Shuttering" in a Larger Social Context5 The Organizational Embeddedness of Capital: Being "Saved" and Being "Sunk"6 Poor Centers: The Politics of Age and Class in Neighborhood Context7 Reconceptualizing Centers: The Baby Boomers and Their Perceived Needs8 Beyond Rebranding: Using Policy to Building a Sustainable CoreAppendix A: Self-reflection: My Experience in the FieldAppendix B: Methods
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn894227816
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Extent
1 online resource
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813562964
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894227816
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