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Journal of Geriatrics
Volume 2015, Article ID 678625, 6 pages
Review Article

Community-Based Supports and Services for Older Adults: A Primer for Clinicians

1Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
2Department of Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Campus, New York, NY 10065, USA
3Neighborhood Self Help by Older Persons Project (SHOPP), Bronx, NY 10459, USA

Received 25 September 2014; Revised 23 December 2014; Accepted 6 January 2015

Academic Editor: Barbara C. van Munster

Copyright © 2015 Eugenia L. Siegler et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although 20% of adults 60 years and older receive community-based supports and services (CBSS), clinicians may have little more than a vague awareness of what is available and which services may benefit their patients. As health care shifts toward more creative and holistic models of care, there are opportunities for CBSS staff and primary care clinicians to collaborate toward the goal of maintaining patients’ health and enabling them to remain safely in the community. This primer reviews the half-century history of these organizations in the United States, describes the most commonly used services, and explains how to access them.