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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


This paper includes a review of the evolution of social planning in the context of human services. It also includes an elaboration of nine approaches to social planning for aging services: community planning councils, the aging network, Title XX planning, state health planning, service reorganization initiatives, the national network of policy institutes, long-term care planning and housing planning. The paper concludes with a consideration of social planning technology, including needs assessment, resource analysis, comparison of alternatives, determination of priorities, implementation and evaluation. It concludes that social planning has been a primary tool in the long-term development of new institutions and practices brought about by the unprecendented increases in the size of the aged population.

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Part of this paper was presented at the Third International Symposium on Universal Values and Indigenous Cultures, Morgantown WV. March 20, 1991.



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