The Department of Social Services and Housing - Adult Social Services and Elderly Clientel Served

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2014-09-26
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Yonezaki, Susan
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Schwitters, Sylvia
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Family Resources
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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The elderly are becoming.an increasingly visible group in Hawaii. Within only a decade, the elderly population aged 65 and older in Hawaii has grown by 36% (Schwitters, 1981) and currently totals 71,000 individuals (Hawaii State Department of Health, 1979). Correspondingly, resources to serve this rapidly increasing group have also grown in numbers. The Hawaii State Executive Office on Aging in its 1979 report on aging programs lists close to 200 services which are already in existence and geared to meet specific needs of older people (Hawaii State Executive Office on Aging, 1980). A qualifying senior citizen in Hawaii today may take advantage of the numerous services and facilities offered by the State. Senior centers offering educational, cultural, and social opportunities have been erected for the State's multi-racial elderly population. Free bus passes enable senior citizens to utilize public transportational services at no expense. "Meals on wheels," Medicare and Medicaid assistance, and Senior Companion/Respite Services also serve the elderly by directing themselves to specific needs, such as nutrition, health support, and personal care.
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v, 51 pages
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