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Social Work Practice With Older Adults by Jill Chonody and Barbra Teater presents a contemporary framework based on the World Health Organization’s active aging policy that allows forward-thinking students to focus on client strengths and resources when working with the elderly. The Actively Aging framework takes into account health, social, behavioral, economic, and personal factors as they relate to aging, but also explores environmental issues, which supports the new educational standards put forth by the Council on Social Work Education. Covering micro, mezzo, and macro practice domains, the text examines all aspects of working with aging populations, from assessment through termination.

Personal Determinants
Personal Determinants

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Identify the personal determinants that are part of the Actively Aging framework.
  • Describe the influence of biology and genes in the aging process.
  • Define “self-concept” and identify the elements that comprise one’s self-concept.
  • Describe the role of coping skills and resilience in dealing with stressful situations.
  • Explain the relationship between spirituality and religion and the ways in which spirituality/religion can be used in social work practice with older adults.
  • Identify how to address issues related to personal determinants at the micro, mezzo, and macro level of social work practice.

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