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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.

Aging and Ageism: Cultural Influences
Aging and Ageism: Cultural Influences

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define ageism and identify positive and negative aging myths.
  • Explain the ways in which ageism impacts older adults and everyone.
  • Discuss three theoretical approaches that help explain ageism.
  • Identify the ways that ageism intersects with other personal characteristics.
  • List ways in which you can reduce ageism.

Cultural beliefs shape social norms and values surrounding the aging process and the role of older people. These beliefs about aging are not static—they shift and change as society evolves. Like other social groups, such as women or African ...

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