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Chapter 6: Social Work and Older People: A View from over Offa's Dyke
Social Work and Older People: A View from over Offa's Dyke
We are not old … old is always fifteen years older than I am. We are young to ourselves most of our lives, young to our elders as long as we have any. (Baruch, in Stott, 1981: 176)
The task of writing Chapter 6 poses two ambitious challenges – first, and not necessarily in order of difficulty, the chance of contributing to the debate and critical reflection about the likely role of social work with older people and, second, the opportunity to ground discussion where possible on Welsh evidence and experience. The justification for attempting the impossible, and borrowing material from ...