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

First Edition


December 2017 | 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

Supplements

Instructor Site

https://study.sagepub.com/chonody

 

An Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected) includes:

 

  • Chapter-by-Chapter resources compiled by the authors
  • Additional source suggestions from the authors

“This book will help students understand generalist practice with elders and the many career opportunities available in gerontology.” 

Glorida Duran Aguilar
Florida A&M University

“Addressing a need in the field, this textbook serves both as an exceptional text and a worthy reference for practitioners.” 

J. Steven Fulks
Barton College

“Building on evidence-supported active aging models, this book sheds light on specific domains that affect active aging, and introduces an array of micro, mezzo and macro social work practice approaches with older adults.” 

Fei Sun
Arizona State University

“The book covers areas of social work that are needed given the demographic profile of older adults in the United States.” 

Daniel J. Van Dussen
Youngstown State University

“The extensive content provides an innovative and comprehensive appreciation of the issues contributing to the experience of aging.”

Marcia Spira
Loyola University Chicago
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Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Exercises, activities, and chapter-ending critical thinking questions provide opportunities for readers to engage with the material and enhance their learning.
  • A chapter on ageism discusses both negative and positive stereotypes associated with older adulthood and how generational cohorts shape worldviews and influence practice methods. 
  • A chapter devoted solely to ethics considers some of the specific dilemmas associated with aging, including death and dying. 
  • A final chapter examines the impact of an Actively Aging framework on society in the future and shows how social work has the opportunity to create new ways of practice. 

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