Journal of Aging & Social Policy Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

The Journal of Aging & Social Policy presents insightful contributions from an international and interdisciplinary panel of practitioners, researchers, and academics who address key policy issues, including health care, long-term care programs, income security, end-of life issues, and social welfare. The journal examines and analyzes policymaking and the political processes that affect the development and implementation of programs for the elderly from a global perspective, highlighting - among others - Israel, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Sweden, Hong Kong, Korea, and the Asia-Pacific rim.Issues regularly addressed in the Journal of Aging & Social Policy, include: residential care, private pension coverage, assisted living, nursing home reform, federal welfare reform, retirement, telemedicine, insurance and health coverage, human rights enforcement and an analysis of state laws concerning Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. In addition to the major issues of growing old in a youth-oriented society, the Journal of Aging & Social Policy also reviews the processes for adopting policies at the state and federal levels, examining the interplay of political and economic forces, legal and regulatory constraints, the pressure of special interests, and the influence of constituencies.

Current impact factor: 0.60

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Additional details

5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 6.80
Immediacy index 0.18
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Journal of Aging & Social Policy website
Other titles Journal of aging & social policy (Online), Journal of aging & social policy, Journal of aging and social policy
ISSN 1545-0821
OCLC 50751883
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: A seven-point policy model is used to examine policy on hospice eligibility and election in the United States. Despite the growth of hospice, many eligible patients continue to lack access due to difficulties experienced by providers in discerning six-month prognoses among chronically ill patients, the inability of patients to elect hospice alongside curative care, and to limited reimbursement for hospice providers. Though the landscape of dying has evolved with more deaths occurring later in life from chronic illness, Medicare hospice eligibility requirements have historically remained the same. Utilization would increase if hospice agencies were able to provide fewer restrictions by including ongoing treatments such as transfusions, intravenous nutrition, or palliative radiation. Hospices would be more likely to enroll critically ill patients who require some ongoing curative measures if Medicare reimbursement rates were higher, and patients would be more likely to seek hospice earlier if Medicare election policies were altered to allow concurrent care. Participation would also be increased by extending hospice eligibility past the traditional prognosis of 6 months. Though expansion in public spending of hospice care has been met with some opposition, current research suggests that potential savings due to decreased costs in acute care is promising.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1054234
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    ABSTRACT: Person-centeredness may suffer in nursing homes (NHs) with recent ownership changes. This study identifies associations between ownership change and reported care experiences, important measures of person-centered care for long-term residents in Maryland NHs. Care experience measures and ownership change data were collected from Maryland Health Care Commission reports, which reported data on 220 Maryland NHs from 2011-2012. Facility and market covariates were obtained from 2011 NH Compare and Area Health Resource Files. Linear regression was used to examine whether ownership change in 2011 was associated with lower care experience ratings reported during April-June 2012. Dependent variables were overall care rating (scale 1-10), percent of respondents answering that they would recommend the NH, and assessments of five care and resident life domains (scale 1-4). Care experiences reported in 2012 were high; however, after controlling for covariates, ownership change was associated with significant decreases in 6 out of 7 measures, including a 0.39-point decrease in overall care rating (P = 0.001). NH managers and policymakers should consider strategies to improve patient-centeredness post-ownership change.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1053739
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    ABSTRACT: One part of the policy response in many countries to increasing pension coverage will be greater private provision on the part of individuals. This requires that individuals are well-informed about pensions. In this paper, we assess levels of knowledge of pensions using a representative sample of older Irish adults. We find that two thirds of individuals enrolled in pension schemes do not know what amount will be paid out on retirement and/or whether the payments will be in the form of lump-sums, monthly payments, or both. One policy implication is the need for increased information to be directed at certain groups, in particular women and less educated people. More fundamentally, the results suggest that the mandatory elements in pension systems should be extended.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1044817
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    ABSTRACT: Aging in Sub-Saharan Africa causes major challenges for policymakers in social protection. Our study focuses on Ghana, one of the few Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries that passed a National Policy on Aging in 2010. Ghana is also one of the first SSA countries that launched a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) (NHIS Act 650, 2003) with the aim to improve access to quality healthcare for all citizens, and as such can be considered as a means of poverty reduction. Our study assesses whether premium exemption policy under the NHIS that grants non-payments of annual health insurance premiums for older people increases access to healthcare. We assessed differences in enrollment coverage among four different age groups (18-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+). We found higher enrollment for the 70+ and 60-69 age groups. The likelihood of enrollment was 2.7 and 1.7 times higher for the 70+ and 60-69 age groups, respectively. Our results suggest the NHIS exemption policy increases insurance coverage of the aged and their utilization of healthcare services.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1056650
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    ABSTRACT: Financial markets have been characterized by boom and bust cycles since the 1980s, while the responsibility for managing retirement wealth has increasingly shifted onto individual households at the same time. Policymakers and experts have expressed concern over rising risk exposure among older householders, who appear to be increasingly exposed to the growing financial risks just as they near retirement. We consider household data from the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances from 1989 to 2010 to analyze the correlation between age and risk exposure. We test if older householders' risk exposure has indeed grown over time, if it has increased more than that of younger householders, if changes in the demographic composition of older householders have contributed to older households' rising risk exposure and the degree to which increases in risk exposure can be traced to a growing concentration of household assets held in stocks and housing, and to rising householder indebtedness. Our results indicate that risk exposure has grown more for older householders than for younger ones, that demographic changes among older householders have contributed to additional increases in older householders' risk exposure, and that the growth of older householders' risk exposure is driven more by rising risky asset concentration and less by greater indebtedness.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2015; 27(3). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1024518
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    ABSTRACT: Although every culture follows its own indigenous elder care practices, Korea has retained a unique way of supporting elder parents, specifically, and older people in general. When the care of older people in Korea became significantly challenging, it was determined to launch a controversial law to promote the tradition of filial piety. The main content of the law consists of requiring the government to take action to encourage filial piety and to support those adult children who care for their parents. Although this legislation has the potential to promote the practice of filial piety, the nature of the law is largely rhetorical and symbolic rather than practical, and as a result, its workability and efficiency are limited.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 05/2015; 27(3). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1024536
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    ABSTRACT: Components of nursing home (NH) culture change include resident-centeredness, empowerment, and home likeness, but practices reflective of these components may be found in both traditional and "culture change" NHs. We use mixed methods to examine the presence of culture change practices in the context of a NH's payer sources. Qualitative data show how higher pay from Medicare versus Medicaid influences implementation of select culture change practices; and, quantitative data show NHs with higher proportions of Medicare residents have significantly higher (measured) environmental culture change implementation. Findings indicate that heightened coordination of Medicare and Medicaid could influence NH implementation of reform practices.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 05/2015; 27(3). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1022102
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    ABSTRACT: Long-term care social insurance schemes exist in a number of countries while the introduction of such schemes enjoys some support in others. Israel's long-term care social insurance scheme has been operating since 1988. This article examines the emergence, goals, design, and impacts of this scheme and draws out some of the lessons that can be learned from Israel's quarter century experience of long-term care social insurance.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 05/2015; 27(3). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1022101
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    ABSTRACT: Using data from a survey in Ankang district of Shaanxi province of China in 2011, this paper examines the protective effect of the New Rural Social Pension (NRSP) on quality of life of rural elders, as well the moderating effect on association between family structure and quality of life. An instrumental variable approach is used. NRSP is shown significantly to improve the quality of life of rural elders, and a robustness check shows that this effect is consistent across different sets of subgroups. Compared with the elders who have at least one son, the quality of life of those who are childless or have only one child is significantly lower. The NRSP is more likely significantly to improve the quality of life of one-child elders. In addition, the associations between the NRSP and the different facets of quality of life of the elders are significant except for the facet of sensory abilities.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 10/2014; 27(2). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.977662
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    ABSTRACT: Currently, in many countries most workers are covered by a national social security benefits program that applies equally in all parts of the country. In China, however, social security old-age benefits are provided in a highly fragmented manner. This paper documents the high degree of fragmentation. It discusses both why that has occurred and effects of the fragmentation on participants. It examines effects of the fragmentation on benefit levels, focusing on variations in the generosity of benefit formulas, but also considering other measures of benefit adequacy. Fragmentation is seen to cause differences in benefit levels even within a single city. While the new National Rural Pension Scheme is a major improvement in the provision of retirement security for rural workers, important differences still exist in the social security programs for urban and rural workers.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 10/2014; 27(2). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.977647
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    ABSTRACT: Older adults with major depression may underutilize consumer-directed long-term care. Systematic underutilization would create disparities in outcomes, undermining program effectiveness. The Medicare Primary and Consumer-Directed Care Demonstration included a consumer-directed indemnity benefit that paid for goods and services not financed by traditional Medicare. Overall and for most categories of goods and services there was little difference in use and expenditures between those with and without major depression. However, among those using the benefit to hire in-home workers, arguably the most important consumer-directed purchase, average spending on them was about 30% lower for depressed persons. While these findings are generally reassuring for public policy, future research is needed to verify that major depression is associated with less spending on in-home workers.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 10/2014; 27(1). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.969148
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    ABSTRACT: State Medicaid programs have expanded home and community-based services (HCBS). This paper compares trends and variations in state policies for Medicaid HCBS programs in 2005 and 2010. State limitations on financial eligibility criteria and service benefits have remained stable. Although the use of consumer direction, independent providers, and family care providers has increased, some states do not have these options. The increased adoption of state cost control policies have led to large increases in persons on waiver wait lists. Access could be improved by standardizing and liberalizing state HCBS policies, but state fiscal concerns are barriers to rebalancing between HCBS and institutional services.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 10/2014; 27(1). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.969078
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    ABSTRACT: The current Medicare reimbursement for hip fractures lacks accountability and promotes cost cutting. A bundled payment system-analogous to the Medicare Acute Care Episodes Demonstration for Orthopedic and Cardiovascular Surgery-may help curtail costs, foster communication among healthcare providers, and improve their accountability for patient outcomes. In hip fracture care, bundled payment may spur development of multi-disciplinary best practice guidelines, quality assessment and reporting, and result in benchmarking and best practices sharing. However, its implementation may face challenges: the need for quality assessment criteria and risk adjustment methods and possible risks of pushing costs outside of Medicare boundaries.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 10/2014; 27(1). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.970844
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    ABSTRACT: Issues frequently arise concerning the cognitive and emotional ability of older individuals to make certain legally significant decisions. In confronting these issues, the professional involvement of both attorneys and physicians (and other health care professionals), acting both individually and collaboratively, is desirable. This article describes the possible contributions of public policy in developing, through fostering innovations in medical and legal education, core competencies for physicians and attorneys that are essential to improving interprofessional collaboration on behalf of older individuals suspected of being compromised in their ability to make certain significant decisions. Additionally, ideas are suggested to address certain aspects of the current policy environment that may inhibit attorneys and physicians from optimal interprofessional interaction in this sphere.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2014; 26(4). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.939880
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    ABSTRACT: In Spain, elder women are the largest group in need of long-term care. Significant improvements in this issue took place between 2007 and 2011, thanks to the Dependency Law (2006). But severe limitations showed the difficulty of overcoming the historical backwardness of Spanish social policy. This paper reveals the situation of Spanish people with dependency in activities of daily living. It analyzes changes driven by this law, especially in their impacts on elder women. It assesses the extent to which those changes can alter the traditional model of care. There are three major findings: First, measures promoted by law have improved the inherited situation but are incapable of developing a new model. Care for elders still relies on family, with lack of professionalism, little socialization, and expanding commodification. Second, the current care model is fundamentally detrimental to older women and women caregivers. Third, this kind of model hinders the overcoming of gender inequalities in intra-family, generational, and social relations.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2014; 26(4). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.939894
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    ABSTRACT: Japan and Sweden both have national systems of long-term care (LTC) and face similar challenges. This study compared various indicators of disability in LTC recipients in nine large urban, midsize urban, and rural municipalities in both countries. The aim was to establish whether urban-rural differences exist and whether they follow similar patterns in Japan and Sweden. It was found that LTC recipients in large urban municipalities in both countries were on average significantly less disabled than those from the other types of municipalities, regardless of the indicator for disability. Fewer persons in large urban municipalities live in extended families, which may increase the propensity to apply for LTC. The number of older people living alone in Japan is increasing, which means that the formal LTC system will come under increased pressure.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 04/2014; 26(3). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.900283
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    ABSTRACT: Interest in utilizing technology to help older adults remain living at home is growing; however, uptake remains low. We present a conceptual framework for understanding independent living technology innovation within health and social services. Public policy and innovation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia are profiled as case studies. In all profiled countries, independent living technology is more rapidly advancing than associated state policy, regulation, and payment systems. The findings from this comparative analysis reveal areas for further exploration, including policy subsystem environments in which technologies and services are regulated, as well as trends and desires of older adults and their caregivers within particular cultural contexts.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 04/2014; 26(3). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.899177