Social Work with Elders : A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Social Work with Elders, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of the process of providing social and mental health services to the elderly. The Second Edition of this award-winning text examines the basics of biopsychosocial changes associated with the aging process. Students are introduced to theories on the biopsychosocial functioning of older adults and are taught how to assess that functioning and plan and implement interventions from a social work perspective and dying, bereavement, and advance directives.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xvii
The Context of Social Work Practice with Eldersp. 1
Aging in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 1
The Demography of Agingp. 2
The Life Course Perspective on Agingp. 7
Settings for Gerontological Social Workp. 10
Personal and Professional Issues in Work with Eldersp. 17
Summaryp. 22
Check Out These Websites!p. 23
Referencesp. 24
Biological Changes and the Physical Well-Being of Eldersp. 26
Why Does the Body Age?p. 26
Biological Changes That Accompany Agingp. 29
Implications of Age-Related Biological Changes for Social Work Practice with Eldersp. 40
Incontinencep. 43
HIV/AIDS and Eldersp. 47
The MacArthur Study and "Successful" Physical Agingp. 52
Summaryp. 55
Check Out These Websites!p. 56
Referencesp. 57
Psychosocial Adjustments to Agingp. 60
Psychological Changes That Accompany Agingp. 61
Social Theories of Agingp. 67
The MacArthur Study and "Successful" Psychosocial Agingp. 72
Implications of Psychosocial Changes for Social Work Practice with Eldersp. 74
Summaryp. 76
Check Out These Websites!p. 77
Referencesp. 77
Conducting a Biopsychosocial Assessmentp. 79
What Is an Assessment?p. 79
What Is the Purpose of a Biopsychosocial Assessment?p. 80
Special Considerations in Assessing Eldersp. 82
Conditions for Conducting an Assessmentp. 85
Components of a Comprehensive Assessmentp. 87
Summaryp. 102
Check Out These Websites!p. 103
Referencesp. 104
Differential Assessment and Diagnosis of Cognitive and Emotional Problems in Eldersp. 105
Differential Assessment and Diagnosisp. 105
Depression in Eldersp. 106
Dementiap. 113
Deliriump. 120
Differentiating between Depression, Dementia, and Deliriump. 122
Anxiety Disordersp. 128
Differential Diagnosis of Anxietyp. 133
Summaryp. 134
Check Out These Websites!p. 135
Referencesp. 136
Social Work Interventions in the Socioemotional and Cognitive Problems of Eldersp. 138
Introductionp. 138
Obstacles to Intervention and Treatment with Eldersp. 141
Developing a Relationship with an Elderp. 143
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapyp. 145
Validation Therapyp. 151
Reminiscence and Life Reviewp. 154
Life Reviewp. 158
Medical Interventions for Depression and Anxietyp. 163
Summaryp. 165
Check Out These Websites!p. 166
Referencesp. 167
Alternative Interventions in the Socioemotional Problems of Eldersp. 169
Traditional and Alternative Interventionsp. 169
The Therapeutic Use of Musicp. 170
Art as a Therapeutic Activityp. 175
The Therapeutic Use of Dramap. 179
Animal-Assisted Therapyp. 185
Summaryp. 190
Check Out These Websites!p. 191
Referencesp. 192
Addictive Disorders and Suicide Prevention in Eldersp. 194
Substance Abuse and Eldersp. 194
Alcohol Use and Abuse by Eldersp. 194
Treatment of Alcohol Problems in Eldersp. 204
Drug Misuse and Dependencyp. 208
Suicide among Eldersp. 213
Summaryp. 220
Check Out These Websites!p. 221
Referencesp. 222
Group Work with Eldersp. 225
Using the Group Work Approach with Eldersp. 225
Cultural Issues in Group Workp. 230
The Group Processp. 232
Specialized Groups for Eldersp. 234
Ethical Dilemmas in Group Work with Eldersp. 245
Summaryp. 247
Check Out These Websites!p. 248
Referencesp. 249
Spirituality and Social Work with Eldersp. 251
Spirituality and Religion in Social Work Practicep. 251
The Social Work Profession's Approach-Avoidance Relationship with Spiritualityp. 253
The Relevance of Spirituality to Social Work with Eldersp. 255
Spirituality in the Lives of Women and Elders of Colorp. 259
Incorporating Spirituality into Social Work Practice with Eldersp. 263
Summaryp. 271
Check Out These Websites!p. 272
Referencesp. 272
Social Work Practice with Elder Abuse and Neglectp. 275
Growing Concern about Elder Abuse and Neglectp. 275
The Incidence of Elder Abuse and Neglectp. 276
What Constitutes Elder Abuse or Neglect?p. 278
Risk Factors Associated with Elder Abuse and Neglectp. 281
Understanding the Causes of Elder Maltreatmentp. 284
Assessment of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Self-Neglectp. 286
Designing Interventions to Prevent Abuse or Neglectp. 291
Elder Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homesp. 294
When an Elder Refuses Protective Servicesp. 296
Summaryp. 298
Check Out These Websites!p. 298
Referencesp. 299
Working with Elders' Support Systems: Spouses, Partners, Families, and Caregiversp. 301
Elders' Support Systemsp. 301
Spouses and Partnersp. 302
The Goals of Supportive Interventions with Older Couplesp. 304
Therapeutic Interventions with Older Couplesp. 306
The Family Meetingp. 310
Caregivers as Support Systems for Eldersp. 312
The Stresses of Caregivingp. 315
Social Work Interventions with Caregiversp. 318
Summaryp. 322
Check Out These Websites!p. 323
Referencesp. 324
Dying, Bereavement, and Advance Directivesp. 327
Death and Dying as Part of Gerontological Social Workp. 327
The Process of Dyingp. 328
The Role of the Social Worker in the Dying Processp. 330
Bereavement and Griefp. 333
Hospice Carep. 340
Social Work Interventions with Bereaved Eldersp. 342
Advance Directivesp. 346
Ethical Dilemmas in Death and Dyingp. 349
Summaryp. 354
Check Out These Websites!p. 354
Referencesp. 355
Indexp. 359
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