Community services for older adults

by | Nov 11, 2021 | Assignment

Analyze a program or service that guides community services for older adults

As the numbers of elderly individuals in the U.S population increases, so do challenges pertaining to policies, programs, and services targeting this population. Identify a program and/or service available to the elderly, providing information on the policy or legislation leading up to the provision of this resource. Does this resource meet its ascribed goals in terms of delivery and effectiveness? What are obstacles to success and how might they be overcome on federal and local levels?

This paper should include the following sections:

  • The program/service that you are focusing on, and the target group or affected populations;
  • The policy or legislation from which the program/service stems;
  • The goals of the program/service that you are focusing on and obstacles to achieving this goal as our population ages, including a detailed discussion of all relevant issues;
  • A detailed discussion of all possible alternatives/solutions aimed at addressing obstacles to success (how would you remedy obstacles to effectiveness and success), and;
  • A detailed discussion of the alternatives/solutions you would recommend, and why/how these changes would allow the program to meet its stated or ideal goals.

Summarize your analysis and indicate any personal conclusions.

Use APA format for all references and in-text citations. A reference list should be included at the end of the document.

Your paper should be 8-10 pages in length, double-spaced, not including title and reference pages. Use APA formatting, including 1′ margins, 12 font, and double spacing. Include page numbers. Written assignments may include exhibits or other attachments, but these will not be considered part of the page requirements. Retrieve and read at least 10 recent peer-reviewed journal articles, government websites (not more than 3 websites) and/or book chapters on your topic. Sources should be not older than 5 years. 

The paper should include the following:

Title Page: Include title of paper, student’s name, course and section, due date

Introduction: Introduce your topic, state its importance to older adults and the gerontology community, and briefly mention the main concepts or ideas your paper will address

Body: Identify and develop each of your main points in an organized, clear manner using in-text citations. Conclusion: Briefly summarize the main points of your paper and directions for future research, policy, or programs to support the well-being of older adults

Reference list: Should contain a comprehensive reference list of all sources used in preparing the project, according to the APA style. Timely Submission: The paper must be submitted to the designated assignment folder by the due date.

Format: (margins, bibliography, references, etc.) APA format.  For details on APA formatting and online database citation, refer to:

Original work: Do not cut and paste from the Internet. This is plagiarism. Always read first, and then paraphrase using a citation to give credit to the original source. Please follow the link for UMUC’s Policy on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Similarly, do not submit a paper to this class that you have already submitted to another class. Doing so will result in failure of the project. Effective writing is an important part of the UMUC curriculum. The written assignments for this course are designed to help you develop effective writing skills as you apply learned concepts. If you need assistance with your writing, please consult the Effective Writing Center at, but be sure to plan ahead. The EWC requires 2 to 3 days lead time for feedback on papers. Submit your completed assignment by no later than 11:59 PM ET on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted without prior permission from the instructor.

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