Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Older Persons and Social Work: A Global Perspective

Older persons and social work: A global perspective
TerryHokenstad and Amy RestorickRoberts

Introduction

This chapter addresses the social work response to global ageing. Rapid population ageing is taking place in both developed and developing countries. Greater numbers of older adults worldwide are creating demand for more supportive services for older persons and family caregivers that are accessible regardless of income, ethnicity, or gender. Internationally, important trends, including changes in family structure, migration, ageism, elder abuse, and human rights issues, contribute to an increased vulnerability among older persons. The social work response has been guided by the three priority directions of the United Nations Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (United Nations, 2002a). These include older adults and development, advancing ...

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