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This book examines how to strengthen the family system while improving the psychosocial well-being of each family member. It describes diverse issues faced by ageing families, the effects these issues have on individual family members and the entire family unit, and methods of strengthening family functioning. The contributors emphasize the diversity that exists in families, looking at divergence within the classic family form as well as examining newly emerging family structures such as gay and lesbian families.
Extending beyond counselling and therapy for ageing families, the book proposes preventative techniques aimed at building competencies and explores how policy intersects with family practice.
Confronting maltreatment of elders by their family/fostering family involvement in institutional care/etc.
Foreword - Nancy K Schlossberg
PART ONE: ASSISTING FAMILIES WITH NORMATIVE CONCERNS
Supporting the Family in Elder Care - Ronald W Toseland, Gregory C Smith and Phillip Mc Callion
Fostering Family Involvement in Institutional Care - Sheldon S Tobin
Strengthening Sibling Relationships in Later Years - Victor G Cicirelli
PART TWO: HELPING FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS
Confronting Maltreatment of Elders by Their Family - Jordan I Kosberg and Juanita L Garcia
Assisting Older Families of Adults with Lifelong Disabilities - Gregory C Smith, Sheldon S Tobin and Elise M Fullmer
Challenging Biases against Families of Older Gays and Lesbians - Elise M Fullmer
PART THREE: RECOGNIZING SELECT FAMILY DYNAMICS
Understanding Intergenerational Issues in the Aging Family System - Paul W Power
Facilitating Health Care Decisions within Aging Families - Evelyn Bata and Paul W Power
Achieving Intimacy in Late Life Marriages - Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Erin Cassidy
Appreciating Ethnicity among Aging Families - Tom Johnson
PART FOUR: A SYNTHESIS OF INTERVENTIONS FOR AGING FAMILIES
Diversity of Direct Practice - Sheldon S Tobin and Paul W Power
Preventive Strategies to Building Competencies - Gregory C Smith
Policy Issues Related to Later Life Families - Timothy H Brubaker and Ellie Brubaker