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.
Chapter 9: Physical Determinants
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Identify the physical determinants that are part of the Actively Aging framework.
- Identify the risk factors associated with falls.
- Describe naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) and how they may address aging related risk factors.
- Define homelessness and explain the impact on older adults.
- Describe how the physical environment can be enabling and why this is important for the health and well-being of older adults.[Page 236]
- Explain the impact of limited access to clear air and water and adequate food/nutrients.
- Describe how public transportation supports actively aging.
- Identify ways to practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro level in relation to the physical determinants of actively aging.
This chapter introduces the physical determinants from the World ...