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 1: Introduction to Aging
Introduction to Aging
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Define “old age” and critique the validity of this definition.
- Describe the demographic changes and social trends in the aging population.
- Identify different age cohorts and explain how birth cohorts can impact social work practice.
The United States, as well as many other countries around the world, is experiencing an aging of the population. Trends indicate that global population growth is expected to continue to slow, and the number of older people will increase (Pew, 2014a). Overall life expectancy is longer, but birth rates are declining, creating a “greying” of the population (Pew, 2014a). The increase in both life expectancy as well as the greater number of ...