Assignment #2: Major Paper
Due Date: June 18th
The topic should be one that is related to material that we are addressing within the course. Several topics are listed below as examples:
-Alcoholism in later life
-Prescription drug dependency
-The church as a community resource for older adults
-Sandwich generation caregivers
-Older adults and volunteerism
-Pet therapy for older adults
-Hospice care for the elderly
-Older adults and HIV/AIDS
-Services to particular segments of the older population (e.g. First Nations, immigrants, etc.)
-Services to military veterans
-Experience of widowhood or widower hood
-Particular type of elder abuse (e.g. emotional, sexual, financial)
*These are just examples - please select a topic that is interesting and will be helpful with your education and career goals.
The paper should be about 8-10 pages long, including your reference section. All of the following sections must be included:
- Introduction: Statement of the problem.
Provide a description about the topical area. Specifically address why this issue is relevant
This section will be evaluated in the following areas:
-The topic has a focus that is appropriate to this class
-The focus is well defined for the length of this paper (e.g. topic of “older women” is too broad)
-There is a clear justification of why this topic is important.
- Existing knowledge: Provide a summary of literature related to your topic using the human services and gerontology literatures, if possible. While some popular press references can be included, (e.g. newspaper sources, magazines, web sites) primary sources need to come from professional sources such as journals and books (at least 50% of the references need to be from the professional literature). Use at least 6 sources. Use APA 6 style for references.
This section will be evaluated by the following criteria:
-Professional literature is used (not solely popular press)
-The literature is summarized in a thoughtful and organized manner (e.g. not simply study by study)
-Literature is contemporary and relevant
-Literature represents major and substantial knowledge about your topic
XXXXXXXXXXFocus on the implications for gerontology theory and practice: Based upon the current body of literature, what are implications for gerontology practice / policy? This section of your paper will be evaluated in these areas:
-Implications are logical based upon the literature review that you have presented;
-Implications reflect your knowledge base about older adults, older families, and services.