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Social Work Practice With Older Adults
An Actively Aging Framework for Practice

  • Jill M. Chonody - Boise State University, University of South Australia, Indiana University Northwest, USA, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Barbra Teater - The College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, CUNY, USA


February 2018 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Social Work Practice With Older Adults by Jill Chonody and Barbra Teater presents a contemporary framework based on the World Health Organization’s active aging policy that allows forward-thinking students to focus on client strengths and resources when working with the elderly. The Actively Aging framework takes into account health, social, behavioral, economic, and personal factors as they relate to aging, but also explores environmental issues, which supports the new educational standards put forth by the Council on Social Work Education. Covering micro, mezzo, and macro practice domains, the text examines all aspects of working with aging populations, from assessment through termination. 

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1 Introduction to Aging
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
What Is “Old” Age?  
Population Changes  
Cohort Effects and Impact on Practice  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
2 Aging and Ageism: Cultural Influences
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Ageism  
Theoretical Explanations for Ageism  
Ageism and Intersectionality  
Reducing Ageism  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
3 Actively Aging and Social Work Practice
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
The Development of Active Aging  
Active Aging and Other “Positive” Theories or Frameworks of Aging  
Theoretical Approaches to Social Work and Social Work Values and Ethical Principles  
Active Aging From the Perspective of Older Adults  
Actively Aging: Social Work Assessment and Intervention  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
4 Health Determinants
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Efforts  
Age-Related Disabilities  
Mental Health and Neurocognitive Disorders  
Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD)  
Informal and Formal Supports  
Micro Practice: Intervention for Individuals and Groups  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
5 Behavioral Determinants
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Health and Well-Being and the Big Four Behaviors  
Tobacco Use  
Alcohol and Substance Use  
Physical Activity  
Diet  
Sleep  
Sexual Activity  
Oral Health  
Medications and Healthcare Screenings  
Micro Practice: Interventions for Individuals and Groups  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
6 Personal Determinants
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Biology and Genes  
Psychological Factors  
Spirituality/Religion  
Micro Practice: Interventions for Individuals and Groups  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
7 Social Determinants
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Social Support  
Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation  
Education and Literacy  
Micro Practice: Interventions for Individuals and Groups  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
8 Economic Determinants
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Income  
Work and Retirement  
Social Protection  
Micro Practice: Interventions for Individuals and Groups  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
9 Physical Determinants
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Safe Housing  
Environmental Factors  
Micro Practice: Intervention for Individuals and Groups  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Question and Activities  
 
10 Ethics and Ethical Considerations
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Ethics  
Autonomy  
Independence  
Elder Abuse  
End-of-Life  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
11 Actively Aging and Social Work Practice: Case Studies
Case A: Sylvia  
Case B: Randall  
Case C: Roberto  
Case D: Elizabeth  
Actively Aging Assessment  
 
12 The Future of an Actively Aging Society
LEARNING OBJECTIVES  
Introduction  
Micro Practice: Intervention for Individuals and Groups  
Group Work  
Mezzo Practice: Working With the Community  
Macro Practice: Policy and Advocacy  
Summary  
Key Words  
Critical Thinking Questions and Activities  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

“This text offers a unique approach to building our social work practitioner workforce of the future. It integrates theory with knowledge and skills.” 

Elaine T. Jurkowski
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

“The Chonody and Teater textbook will make a solid contribution to the field of gerontological social work and provide a useful resource for students beyond their coursework.”

Patricia K. Cianciolo
Northern Michigan University

“This book offers the foundational knowledge for social workers practicing with older adults and their families, while also tackling the important social justice topics related to ageism, intersectionality and diversity, and use of theories that attend to the challenges and opportunities that coincide with aging. It is a wonderful resource and offers a great lens for how to promote ‘actively aging’ within social work practice.” 

Leslie K. Hasche
University of Denver

“The common determinants to the health and well-being of older adults are discussed in a clear, jargon-free, cogent manner. The content in this text provides necessary general knowledge of older adult concerns and, perhaps most importantly, the implications critical to social work practice in gerontological and geriatric settings.” 

Scott E. Wilks
Louisiana State University

“Informative, up to date, and the best material I have seen for a gerontology course.” 

Lori M. Paris
University of Louisville

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