Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment

ISBN-10: 0789026767

ISBN-13: 9780789026767

Edition: 2005

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Description: Today, nearly one of every eight Americans is 65 or older, and by 2030, over 20% of the population will be in this age group. Are you prepared to work with this vastly diverse—and rapidly growing—population?This single source is designed to help social service professionals provide effective services to America’s vastly diverse and rapidly growing elderly population. Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment explores the impact of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and geographic location on elders’ strengths, challenges, needs, and resources to provide you with a more complete understanding of the issues elders face. In order to be more responsive to older adults, social workers and other human service professionals need to enhance their knowledge of the aging population and the factors that impact the way seniors interact with society, organizations, community resources, neighborhoods, support networks, kinship groups, family, and friends. Diversity and Aging in the Social Environment examines differences in race, ethnicity, geographical location, sexual orientation, religion, and health status to help current and future human service professionals provide culturally competent services to the diverse range of elderly people they serve. In addition, it addresses the wide disparity that exists for older Americans in terms of income and assets, number of chronic conditions, functional and cognitive impairment, housing arrangements, and access to health care. This book provides a context for the examination of diversity issues among older adults by describing and discussing several theoretical perspectives on aging that highlight important aspects of diversity. Next, you’ll find thoughtful examinations of:issues and challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders—and the strengths they bring into later lifethe impact of gender, race, and sexual orientation on prevalence rates, risk factors, methods of disease contraction, and mortality rates among older adults with HIV/AIDS—along with a discussion of the psychosocial issues they facediverse characteristics of custodial grandparents—and the influence of the caregivers’ gender, race, age, and geographic location on methods of care and available caregiver supportdifferences in caregiver characteristics, service utilization, caregiver strain, and coping mechanisms among several racial/ethnic groups of adults who care for elderly, disabled, and ill personscultural/religious factors that influence interactions between health care personnel and Japanese-American eldersthe relationship between acculturation and depressive symptoms among Mexican-American coupleslife challenges facing Jewish and African-American elders—with a look at each group’s coping mechanisms differences in religious/spiritual coping skills among Native American, African-American, and white elders psychological well-being and religiosity among a diverse group of rural elders

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List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

Preface
Theories of aging and social work practice with sensitivity to diversity : are there useful theories?
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) elders : the challenges and resilience of this marginalized group
HIV/AIDS and aging : a diverse population of vulnerable older adults
Grandparents raising grandchildren : a diverse population
Racial and ethnic differences in family caregiving in California
The ethics of medical decision-making with Japanese-American elders in Hawaii : signing informed consent documents without understanding them
Acculturation and depressive symptoms in Mexican American couples
Meeting life challenges : a hierarchy of coping styles in African American and Jewish American older adults
Depression and religiosity in African American and White community-dwelling older adults
Religiousness/spirituality and subjective well-being among rural elderly Whites, African Americans, and Native Americans
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