Strengthening Aging Families: Diversity in Practice and Policy / Edition 1

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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.

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Offers practitioners and upper-division students in medical and caregiving professions proactive strategies to help people prepare for and cope with the political, cultural, and economic factors that impact familial aging. Emphasizes the diversity within families to incorporate the effects of both individual and structural differences, from slight variations on the classical family form to more radical departures such as gay and lesbian families. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803954243
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/14/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Foreword - Nancy K Schlossberg
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
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
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
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

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