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Author Weil, Joyce, author.

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

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014]


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Description 1 online resource (238 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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.
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. "-- Provided by publisher.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Senior centers -- New York (State)
Senior centers -- United States.
Baby boom generation -- Services for -- New York (State)
Baby boom generation -- Services for -- United States.
Older people -- Services for -- New York (State)
Older people -- Services for -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Weil, Joyce. New neighborhood senior center : redefining social and service roles for the baby boom generation. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014] 9780813562957 (DLC)10961761
ISBN 9780813562957 (hardback)
9780813562940 (pbk.)
9780813562964 (e-book)

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