Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century: A Social Work Perspective / Edition 1

Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century: A Social Work Perspective / Edition 1

by Virginia Richardson, Amanda S. Barusch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231107498

ISBN-13: 9780231107495

Pub. Date: 03/25/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century meets the need for state-of-the-art information on practice approaches with older patients that are age-specific and empirically based, blend "micro" and "macro" views, and reflect current themes in the aging and social work fields. The book is designed as a text for students and as a professional resource

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Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century meets the need for state-of-the-art information on practice approaches with older patients that are age-specific and empirically based, blend "micro" and "macro" views, and reflect current themes in the aging and social work fields. The book is designed as a text for students and as a professional resource for practitioners. Clearly written, the book offers an expert and comprehensive review of the current literature and focuses on issues relating to the most vulnerable older people. Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century also features case illustrations throughout and brief end-of-chapter questions for review.

The book has four parts. Part 1 reviews current and classic theories of aging and proposes an original framework for an integrative approach to practice with older people that incorporates both individual and policy-level interventions. The approach is based on current themes such as a life course perspective, heterogeneity, diversity, and inequality. Part 2 covers such common and important psychological problems among older individuals, as anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and dementia, and describes appropriate, evidence-based interventions. Part 3 considers the social psychological picture by discussing working with older families, end-of-life care, bereavement, and work and retirement. Part 4 focuses on core sociopolitical issues in the lives of older people: economic policy, poverty, health policy, quality-of-life concerns, and social services.

Current, authoritative, and original, this single-volume gerontology resource will be of valuable use to graduate students and practitioners.

Columbia University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231107495
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Series:
End-of-Life Care: A Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface IXAcknowledgments XIOverview and Theoretical PerspectivesSocial Work Practice in the Twenty-first Century 3Theories of Aging 22Integrated Gerontological Practice 48Stages in Gerontological Practice 64Psychological Problems and InterventionsAnxiety Reactions Among Older People 91Depression Among Older People 110Suicide Among Older People 132Substance Abuse Among Older People 146Dementia 169Social Psychological Problems and InterventionsSocial Workers and Aging Families 201Social Work Practice and End-of-Life Care 235Bereavement in Later Life 264Work and Retirement 293Sociopolitical IssuesEconomic Policies and Aging 315Poverty and Aging 338Health Policies and Aging 355Improving the Quality of Life: Social Services and Aging 378References 393Subject Index 453Name Index 471

Columbia University Press

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