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Summary: Social Work with Elders, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of the process of providing social and mental health services to the elderly.
The Second Edition of this award-winning text examines the basics of biopsychosocial changes associated with the aging process. Students are introduced to theories on the biopsychosocial functioning of older adults and are taught how to assess that functioning and plan and implement interventions from a so ...show morecial work perspective and dying, bereavement, and advance directives. ...show less
1. Elders and The Context of Social Work Practice.
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 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.
Social Theories of Aging.
The MacArthur Study and "Successful" Psychosocial Aging.
Implications of Psychosocial Changes for Social Work 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.
Differential Diagnosis of Anxiety.
6. Treatment of Socioemotional and Cognitive Problems of Elders: Traditional Approaches.
Obstacles to Intervention and Treatment with Elders.
Developing a Relationship with an Elder.
Reminiscence and 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 Uses of Drama with Elders.
8. Addictive Disorders 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: Spouse, Partners, Families, and Caregivers.
Elder Support Systems.
Spouses and Partners.
The Goals of Supportive Interventions with Older Couples.
Therapeutic Interventions with Elderly 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.
Social Work Interventions with Bereaved Elders.
Ethical Dilemmas in Death and Dying.
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