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.
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the economic determinants that are part of the Actively Aging framework.
- Explain how poverty impacts older adults and understand the scope of the problem.
- Describe the sources of income for older adults and their relationship to work and retirement.
- Identify the positive benefits of volunteerism and ways to increase this activity among older adults.
- Explain the positive and negative effects of caregiving.
- Identify social protection programs aimed at reducing poverty among older adults.
- Describe ways to practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro level as it relates to the economic determinants.
The economic ...