Social Work with Elders A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention

ISBN-10: 0321049470
ISBN-13: 9780321049476
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $67.60
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.20" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Social Work with Elders is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the process of providing social and mental health services to the elderly. This book covers the basics of biopsychosocial changes associated with the aging process through the assessment of strengths and challenges to the design and execution of problem-solving interventions. Social Work with Elders is intended to cover topics as basic as encouraging elders to exercise to the complex process of differential assessment and diagnosis of depression, dementia, or delirium. The topics covered throughout the book are relevant to practitioners working in social service agencies, nursing homes, congregate and assisted living centers, and adult day care. Unlike many other texts on gerontological social work, this text includes a more comprehensive array of topics within a single text. It provides the important human behavior in the social environment of elders and designing interventions. It includes the protocols for both traditional and nontraditional interventions, recognizing the amazing heterogenity of the aging population. In many respects, it can be considered "one stop shopping" for content on gerontological social work. Content on diversity regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation is integrated into each chapter as it is relevant to the topic rather than begin isolated in a separate chapter. This approach helps students to incorporate the importance of cultural sensitivity at the time an issue is being discussed rather than to do so retrospectively.

Preface
The Context of Social Work Practice with Elders
Aging in the Twenty-First Century
The Demography of Aging
The Life Course Perspective on Aging
Settings for Gerontological Social Work
Personal and Professional Issues in Work with Elders
Summary
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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
Incontinence
HIV/AIDS and Elders
The MacArthur Study and "Successful" Physical Aging
Summary
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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 Practice with Elders
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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Differential Assessment and Diagnosis of Cognitive and Emotional Problems in Elders
Differential Assessment and Diagnosis
Depression in Elders
Dementia
Delirium
Differentiating between Depression, Dementia, and Delirium
Anxiety Disorders
Differential Diagnosis of Anxiety
Summary
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References
Social Work Interventions in the Socioemotional and Cognitive Problems of Elders
Introduction
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
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
Summary
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References
Index

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