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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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: Despite a shift from institutional services toward more home and community-based services (HCBS) for older adults who need long-term services and supports (LTSS), the effects of HCBS have yet to be adequately synthesized in the literature. This review of literature from 1995-2012 compares the outcome trajectories of older adults served through HCBS (including assisted living [AL]) and in nursing homes (NHs) for physical function, cognition, mental health, mortality, use of acute care, and associated harms (e.g., accidents, abuse and neglect) and costs. NH and AL residents did not differ in physical function, cognition, mental health, and mortality outcomes. The differences in harms between HCBS recipients and NH residents were mixed. Evidence was insufficient for cost comparisons. More and better research is needed to draw robust conclusions about how the service setting influences the outcomes and costs of LTSS for older adults. Future research should address the numerous methodological challenges present in this field of research and should emphasize studies evaluating the effectiveness of HCBS.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1024545
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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; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1022102
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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; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2015.1024536
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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; 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: Using a phone survey conducted among Hong Kong workers, we examined the association of institutional, social, and psychological factors with engagement in both private retirement savings and the total amount of savings. Alarmingly, this study demonstrates that approximately 42% of Hong Kong workers do not save privately for their retirement. We found that age, education, number of children, support from spouse and friends, social regulation, perceived financial knowledge, and financial management capacity are associated with engagement in private retirement savings. Among those who saved, age, education, perceived financial knowledge and financial management capacity are related to the amount of savings. Measures that could increase the social support for retirement savings as well as enhance their financial knowledge and management ability should be developed and implemented so that more workers engage in private retirement savings. A promising policy option for the Hong Kong government is to offer a tax incentive to promote additional savings for old-age income protection.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 07/2014; 26(4). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.939840
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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; 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; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.899177
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the use of generic medicines among elders in Belgium. The generic market share by volume for elders in 2010 was 23.1%, while this was 23.7% for the total Belgian population in 2009. Pharmaceutical expenditure in Belgium was €649.74/capita for elders in 2010. Calculations of possible savings through an increased use of generic medicines showed that these savings were rather limited (4.48% when the generic market share by volume increased to 95%). The full potential of generic medicines in the elder population has not yet been realized in Belgium, due to the limited use of generic medicines and their relative high prices. The Belgian government should implement additional incentives for physicians, pharmacists, and patients to increase the use of generics and combine these with policies to lower prices of generic medicines and policies to decrease the volume of medicines used by elders and rationalize the prescribing of medicines for elders.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 04/2014; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.899197
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    ABSTRACT: The research presented here provides some descriptive information of nursing home pay for performance (P4P) initiatives and an examination of the opinions of Nursing Home Administrators (NHAs) about P4P. Opinions on three common elements of P4P were examined: the incentive format, program format, and quality format. Information came from a mail survey of 2,426 NHAs. Most of the summary scores show that few NHAs gave positive responses to P4P. Very few NHAs believed that P4P would increase their revenues. NHAs were skeptical that P4P systems were for quality improvement and instead believed they were developed for purposes of cost-reduction. Relatively few NHAs believed that P4P would improve quality of care. Given that we have limited experience with setting performance goals and incentive formats for NHAs, the findings presented may prove useful in modeling future P4P systems.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 04/2014; DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.899185
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    ABSTRACT: Most cities, counties, and neighborhoods are not designed for an aging population. By providing a range of services to all residents, Lifelong Communities allow individuals to age in place. Although the Lifelong Communities Initiative is based on established guiding principles, little information exists regarding the realities of moving from policy to implementation. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) conducted a case study in Mableton, Georgia, and found successful implementation requires a combination of support from local citizen groups and government. ARC is replicating these best practices in other communities and providing support to those aspiring to launch or expand Lifelong Communities.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 11/2013; 26(1-2). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.854646
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    ABSTRACT: A new body of work has emerged under the category of creating age-friendly communities. This article briefly reviews the current state of the work and discusses a potential framework for moving to scale. Based on an understanding that the majority of the local challenges to aging in community stem from state and national policies and practices, the article calls for a measure of "creative destruction" in local efforts. That is, dysfunctional state and national systems should be boldly marked for demolition. Local age-friendly community work must be conceived of and positioned to engage larger policy issues, identify problems, and be part of a process of reinventing larger federal, state, and local policies and practices.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 11/2013; 26(1-2). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.856706
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    ABSTRACT: This paper addresses the question of how creating an age-friendly city has come to be an important policy and planning issue in Portland, Oregon. In 2006, researchers from Portland State University's (PSU) Institute on Aging (IOA) examined the meanings of age friendliness among a broad range of participants in Portland, Oregon. The research was conducted in conjunction with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) project and followed the completion of two earlier non-WHO-related projects. The city of Portland, through the IOA, was one of nine original members to apply for and be accepted into the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. An Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council was formed to guide the development of an action plan, monitor progress over time, and suggest additional research. To understand how Portland's age-friendly policy effort has developed over time, we use Kingdon's (1984) agenda-setting framework to explain how the policy problem was formulated, solutions were developed, and the influence of local politics. The policy actors, including individuals and organizations working within and outside of government, are described. The Portland experience provides a case study that other cities, especially those with a strong commitment to community-engaged urban planning, may find useful as they develop age-friendly initiatives.
    Journal of Aging & Social Policy 11/2013; 26(1-2). DOI:10.1080/08959420.2014.854651