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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.

Health Determinants
Health Determinants

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the health determinants that are part of the Actively Aging framework.
  • Define disability and age-related disability and identify the various types of age-related disabilities that affect older adults.
  • Define mental health and explain how depression can affect older adults.
  • Define neurocognitive impairment and explain how neurocognitive impairments can affect older adults.
  • List the various types of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) affecting older adults and identify the risk factors across all NCDs.
  • Distinguish between informal and formal long-term care and explain the need for long-term care in the United States.
  • Identify how to address issues related to health determinants at the micro, mezzo, and macro level of social work practice.

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