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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

CSULB Gerontology Student Research 2007

The Role of the Resident Service Coordinator Program in Low-income Senior Housing

Jo Stephanie Francisco

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of the Resident Service Coordinator program in low-income senior housing of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Specifically, the study looked at apartment turnovers, resident and staff satisfaction, nursing home placements, expenses, family involvement, staff morale, supportive services, in-services, and hospital admissions. The review of literature indicated that the Resident SErvice Coordinator program can have a significant effect on the ability of residents to age in place and stay living independently longer in low-income senior HUD housing. The results of the study showed a significant difference in nursing home placements, the use of supportive services, and in the number of in-services/presentations available to residents of Section 8 senior HUD housing facilities with a Resident Service Coordinator compared to those without a Resident Service Coordinator.

Creativity and Successful Aging in Assisted Living

Thomas O.Ohanlon

The purpose of this directed project was to explore the meaning of creativity and successful aging within assisted living. Employing qualitative design, face-to-face interviews were conducted within 15 residents, aged 65 or older, residing in 2assisted living facilities. Standardized questions addressed the following: demographics, retirement, creativity, and successful aging in assisted living. Results indicate creativity was perceived as an ongoing dynamic, proactively responding to changing conditions, situations, and events in order to fashion acceptable outcomes. Successful aging was viewed as an irrepressible process, traversing the life-span, uniquely defined, actively engaged in, purposefully embraced, flexibly adjusted to, heartily enjoyed, and with the goal of life satisfaction in both this world and the next. Assisted living was understood as a place where: respondents called home, limitations were judiciously overcome, activities were actively engaged in, services were diligently provided, and relationships were considered as paramount.







Jo Stephanie Francisco, M.S.

BA, San Diego State University






Thomas O.Ohanlon, M.S.

BA, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland