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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.

Social Determinants
Social Determinants

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the social determinants that are part of the Actively Aging framework.
  • Identify the ways in which social engagement and social support are important to health and well-being.
  • Distinguish between social isolation and loneliness.
  • Define the different types of elder abuse and identify risk factors associated with abuse.
  • Describe how older adults may be exploited by strangers through various types of schemes.
  • Explain the role of education and literacy as they relate to health and well-being.
  • Identify how to address issues related to the social determinants at the micro, mezzo, and macro level of social work practice.

The social determinants from the World Health Organization’s ([WHO]; 2002a) Active Aging framework are introduced in ...

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