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This text presents a comprehensive overview of the process of assessing the needs of older adults and providing social and mental health services to meet those needs. The Third Edition of this award-winning text examines the basics of biopsychosocial changes associated with the aging process. Readers are introduced to theories on the biopsychosocial functioning of older adults and are taught how to assess that functioning and plan and implement interventions from a social work perspective. The book includes content on abuse and neglect of older adults, drug and alcohol abuse and the social workerrs"s role in dying, bereavement, and advance directives.
Table of Contents
The Context of Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Aging in the Twenty-First Century
Diversity within the Older Adult Population
The Focus of This Chapter
The Demography of Aging
The Growth of the Older Population
Life Expectancy and Marital Status
Health Status and Disability
The Importance of Birth Cohort
Settings for Gerontological Social Work
Geriatric Care Management
Community Social Service Agencies
Home Health Care Agencies
Adult Day Health
Independent and Assisted Living Settings
Developing Areas for Direct Practice
Macro Settings for Gerontological Social Workers
Personal and Professional Issues in Work with Older Adults
Ageist Personal and Social Attitudes
The Influence of Ageism on Gerontological Social Work as a Career Choice
Ageism and Death Anxiety
The Independence Dependence Struggle
Self-Awareness and Supervision
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