Social Work with Older People provides an authoritative andpractical guide to working with older people in a range ofsettings. It addresses the complexities of individual work witholder people, as well as work with families, groups and the widercommunity, and is not afraid to tackle the challenges as well asopportunities of practice in this area.
The book begins by explaining the demographic changes that haveled to a ‘greying’ of the general population. It goeson to discuss the diversity in experiences of ageing acrosssociety, and the range of issues which confront older people andthose who wish to work proactively with them. Clear attention ispaid to the processes of assessment, care planning and review, withreaders encouraged to reflect on developing good practice throughcase studies and exercises. Although it has a strong practicalemphasis, the book also stresses the value of theoreticalperspectives, with insights from fields such as sociology andpsychology woven throughout the book. Clear links are also made topolicy guidelines and organizational standards, without losingsight of the deeper, often more complex, issues that arise whenworking with older people.
Social Work with Older People will be essential readingfor social work students and practitioners, but also for others whoare interested in the development of practice with older people ascitizens and service users.
About the Author
Ann McDonald is a Senior Lecturer and Head of School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Demographic and Theoretical Framework.
Chapter 2: The History of Service Development for OlderPeople.
Chapter 3: Functions of Social Work.
Chapter 4: Assessment in Social Work.
Chapter 5: Care Planning.
Chapter 6: Monitoring and Review.
Chapter 7: Working with Individuals.
Chapter 8: Working with Families and Groups.
Chapter 9: Working with Communities.