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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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|1||The context of social work practice with elders||1|
|2||Biological changes and the physical well-being of elders||27|
|3||Psychosocial adjustments to aging||62|
|4||Conducting a biopsychosocial assessment||85|
|5||Differential assessment and diagnosis of cognitive and emotional problems of elders||116|
|6||Social work interventions in the socioemotional and cognitive problems of elders||151|
|7||Alternative interventions in the socioemotional problems of elders||184|
|8||Substance abuse and suicide prevention in elders||210|
|9||Group work with elders||241|
|10||Spirituality and social work with elders||267|
|11||Social work practice with elder abuse and neglect||292|
|12||Working with elders' support systems : spouses, partners, families, and caregivers||320|
|13||Dying, bereavement, and advance directives||346|