Geriatric rehabilitation: Linking aging, health, and disability policy

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Abstract

Rehabilitation interventions for older persons are largely limited to traditional health care therapies such as physical or occupational therapy. The authors propose a broader conceptualization of geriatric rehabilitation that encompasses rehabilitation interventions that support independ and disability policies providing rehabilitation interventions are reviewed and evaluated. The differences in the continuum of long-term care and rehabilitation services through the overlapping policy objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and the Older Americans Act are contrasted. The dilemma of integrating current aging and disability policies is explored and how existing public policies might be reformed is considered.

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