Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Senior connections: A transportation program for socially isolated and depressed older adults: A grant proposal
by Eames, Mary Lee, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 67; 1591626
Abstract (Summary)

Depression is a prevalent problem within the elderly population and the problem is expected to increase with the projected growth of this population. Depression is often caused by inevitable losses related to aging including retirement, moving out of the family home, loss of a spouse or other loved one, and loss of mobility. Depression that is left untreated can put an older adult at risk for suicide and a higher mortality risk due to physical illness. Social support and social contact are important factors in quality of life and mental health outcomes for older adults. Lack of reliable transportation and loss of driving privileges can lead to social isolation and can be a barrier to attending social events and maintaining contact with friends and family members. The purpose of this project was to create a transportation program intended to decrease depression in older adults by reducing social isolation and connecting them to community activities. A search of funding agencies was conducted using the Internet and personal contacts. Archstone Foundation was chosen as the most suitable funding source based on the project goals. Actual submission and/or funding of this grant were not required for successful completion of this project.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jennings, Lisa K.
Commitee: Campbell, Venetta, Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Gerontology, Social work
Keywords: Depression, Mental health, Older adults, Social contact, Social isolation, Transportation
Publication Number: 1591626
ISBN: 9781321834260
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