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Gerontological knowledge and eldery health care services in Alaska: Aging in the last frontier

TitleGerontological knowledge and eldery health care services in Alaska: Aging in the last frontier
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsRosich, RM, Thompson, S
JournalEducational GerontologyEducational Gerontology
Volume23
Pagination443-452
Date PublishedJul-Aug
ISBN Number0360-1277<br/>1521-0472
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1997-05166-004
Keywords*Geriatrics, *Health Care Services, *Health Personnel, *Health Personnel Attitudes, *Professional Development, Gerontology, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Young Adulthood (18-29 yrs) Thirties (30-39 yrs) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), perceptions of elderly health care services & professional educational & training needs, 21-75 yr old Alaskan health & mental health care professionals, Professional Personnel Attitudes & Characteristics [3430], us
AbstractAssessed 159 Alaskan health and mental health care professionals' (aged 21-75 yrs) perceptions regarding Alaska's elderly health care services as well as professional educational and training needs. Ss completed the Alaska Gerontological Needs Assessment survey, designed by the authors. Results show that 54% of community professionals sampled indicate preexisting services in their community were not adequate to meet the needs of the elderly population. In addition, 55% indicate that the knowledge level of community professionals regarding the elderly and the aging process was insufficient and 51% believe they were not well educated in meeting the needs of Alaskan native elders. An overall 91.8% indicate that they were in need of further training in the field of aging and geriatrics. They note in particular the lack of knowledge and training opportunities in mental health and Alzheimer's disease (AD). The significance of these findings is discussed in terms of the broader social implications associated with meeting gerontological and geriatric education and training needs, as well as the specific education and training problems of Alaskan health care professionals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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