Social Work with Elders: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention / Edition 2by Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich
Pub. Date: 04/07/2004
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Ph. D., ACSW is the recipient of a 2003 award in recognition of excellence in the presentation of end-of-life care content in gerontological social work textbooks given by the Last Acts Coalition supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Second Edition of her award-winning text, Social Work with Elders, examines the/i>
Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich, Ph. D., ACSW is the recipient of a 2003 award in recognition of excellence in the presentation of end-of-life care content in gerontological social work textbooks given by the Last Acts Coalition supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Second Edition of her award-winning text, Social Work with Elders, examines the basics of a biopsychosocial approach to working with elders and could be considered "one stop shopping" for content on gerontological social work.
Social Work with Elders includes the protocols for both traditional and nontraditional interventions, recognizing the amazing heterogenity of the aging population, and examines important topics such as human behavior in the social environment of elders, spirituality, designing interventions, and diversity regarding gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and sexual orientation of elders. Readers are introduced to theoretical information on the biopsychosocial functioning of older adults and are prepared to assess that functioning and plan and implement interventions. The management of special concerns in substance abuse, protective services, working with family and caregiver support systems, and issues in dying, bereavement, and advance directives are also addressed.
• Extensive new material on sexuality addresses an important topic that social workers may not remember to address with their elderly clients (Chapters 3 and 4).
• Expanded information on the social worker's role in death, dying, and advance directives helps prepare students for the tasks ahead (Chapter 13).
• New content on vascular dementia enhancesstudent recognition of the types of dementia they may see in their older clients (Chapter 5).
"This text is the best of its kind for introducing students to social work with elders. The author clearly and succinctly presents research, theory, therapies and practical applications."
Lois Fritschi, Florida International University
"The author has a knack for conveying complicated material in a clear, step-by-step organized manner without sacrificing depth and complexity for the sake of simplicity."
Susan Ednie, Kingsborough
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Table of Contents
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1. The Context of Social Work Practice with Elders.
Aging in the 21st Century.
The Demography of Aging.
The Life Course Perspective on Aging.
Settings for Gerontological Social Work.
Personal and Professional Issues in Work with Elders.
2. Biological Changes and the Physical Well-Being of Elders.
Why Does the Body Age?
Biological Changes that Accompany Aging.
Implications of Age-Related Biological Changes for Social Work Practice With Elders.
HIV/AIDS and Elders.
The MacArthur Study and “Successful” Physical Aging.
3. Psychosocial Adjustments to Aging.
Psychological Changes That Accompany Aging.
Elders and Sexuality.
Social Theories of Aging.
The MacArthur Study and "Successful" Psychosocial Aging.
Implications of Psychosocial Changes for Social Work Practice with Elders.
4. Conducting a Biopsychosocial Assessment.
What is an Assessment?
What is the Purpose of a Biopsychosocial Assessment?
Special Considerations in Assessing Elders.
Conditions for Conducting an Assessment.
Components of a Comprehensive Assessment.
5. Differential Assessment of Cognitive and Emotional Problems in Elders.
Differential Assessment and Diagnosis.
Depression in Elders.
Differentiating Between Depression, Dementia, and Delirium.
Differential Diagnosis of Anxiety.
6. Social Work Interventions in the Socioemotional and Cognitive Problems of Elders.
Obstacles to Intervention and Treatment with Elders.
Developing a Relationship with an Elder.
Reminiscence and Life Review.
Medical Interventions for Depression and Anxiety.
7. Alternative Interventions in the Socioemotional Problems of Elders.
Traditional and Alternative Interventions.
The Therapeutic Use of Music.
Art as a Therapeutic Activity.
The Therapeutic Use of Drama.
8. Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention in Elders.
Substance Abuse and Elders.
Alcohol Use and Abuse by Elders.
Treatment of Alcohol Problems in Elders.
Drug Misuse and Dependency.
Suicide Among Elders.
9. Group Work with Elders.
Using the Group Work Approach with Elders.
Cultural Issues in Group Work.
The Group Process.
Specialized Groups for Elders.
Ethical Dilemmas in Group Work with Elders.
10. Spirituality and Social Work with Elders.
Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practice.
The Social Work Profession's Approach-Avoidance Relationship with Spirituality.
The Relevance of Spirituality to Social Work with Elders.
Spirituality in the Lives of Women and Elders of Color.
Incorporating Spirituality into Social Work Practice with Elders.
11. Social Work Practice with Elder Abuse and Neglect.
Growing Concern About Elder Abuse and Neglect.
The Incidence of Elder Abuse and Neglect.
What Constitutes Elder Abuse or Neglect?
Risk Factors Associated with Elder Abuse and Neglect.
Understanding the Causes of Elder Maltreatment.
Assessment of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Self-Neglect.
Designing Interventions to Prevent Abuse or Neglect.
Elder Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes.
When an Elder Refuses Protective Services.
12. Working with Elders' Support Systems: Spouses, Partners, Families, and Caregivers.
Elders' Support Systems.
Spouses and Partners.
The Goals of Supportive Interventions with Older Couples.
Therapeutic Interventions with Older Couples.
The Family Meeting.
Caregivers as Support Systems for Elders.
The Stresses of Caregiving.
Social Work Interventions with Caregivers.
13. Dying, Bereavement, and Advance Directives.
Death and Dying as Part of Gerontological Social Work.
The Process of Dying.
The Role of the Social Worker in the Dying Process.
Bereavement and Grief.
Social Work Interventions with Bereaved Elders.
Ethical Dilemmas in Death and Dying.
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