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Social Work with Elders: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention / Edition 1

Social Work with Elders: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention / Edition 1

by Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich


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ISBN-13: 9780321049476
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Summary, ” “Check Out These Websites!, ” and “References.”

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.

Anxiety Disorders.

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.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Validation Therapy.

Reminiscence and Life Review.

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.

Animal-Assisted Therapy.

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.

Hospice Care.

Social Work Interventions with Bereaved Elders.

Advance Directives.

Ethical Dilemmas in Death and Dying.

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