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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.

Behavioral Determinants
Behavioral Determinants

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the behavioral determinants that are part of the Actively Aging framework.
  • Describe how each behavioral determinant has specific relevance to older adults.
  • List the phases of the stage of change model and explain how social, emotional, and behavioral factors can play a role in making a behavioral change.
  • Identify how to address issues related to behavioral determinants at the micro, mezzo, and macro level of social work practice.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle and taking care of oneself are important aspects of health and well-being that should be implemented across the lifespan. Behavioral and lifestyle choices people make in the early stages of life can greatly influence their health and ...

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