Social Work with Older Adults

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-12-28
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Presents a strengths-based approach of social work with older adults. The fourth edition of Social Work with Older Adultsprovides a comprehensive treatment of a strengths-based approach to the major areas of social work with older adults. The text examines the basics of biopsychosocial functioning and the design of interventions to treat a wide variety of challenges facing older adults. This updated edition includes content on abuse and neglect of older adults, drug and alcohol abuse and the social worker's role in dying, bereavement, and advance directives. This text is available in a variety of formats print and digital. Check your favorite digital provider for your etext, including Coursesmart, Kindle, Nook, and more. To learn more about our programs, pricing options and customization, click the Choices tab. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Discuss how to engage in differential assessment. Understand the design of intervention to treat a wide variety of challenges facing older adults. Note: MySearchLab with eText does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab with eText, please visit: www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab with eText: ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205922422 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205922420

Author Biography

Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich is an Associate Professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and Chair of the Older Adults and Families Concentration. She received her B.A. from Marquette University, her MSW from Tulane University and her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has extensive practice experience with older adults in community, residential and health care settings. She taught for 15 years at Marquette University and has been on the faculty at Boston College since 1994. Dr. McInnis-Dittrich’s writing and research is focused on clinical and macro practice with older adults. Her writing has appeared in Families in Society, Aging and Mental Health, The Clinical Supervisor, Social Development Issues, Migration Today, Journal of Women and Aging,  Educational Gerontology, Race, Gender and Class, and Journal of Teaching in Social Work. She is the author of three books: Social Work with Older Adults: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention, Integrating Social Welfare Policy and Social Work Practice and The Hmong in America: Providing Ethnic-Sensitive Health, Education, and Human Services. She has also contributed to the Handbook of Social Work and Aging, Social Work Practice with Asian Americans, and Collaborative Practice.

Table of Contents

Found in this section:

1. Overview of changes
2. Chapter-by-chapter changes



1.     Overview of changes

  • Strengths-based Approach – An expanded discussion on the strengths-based approach to working with older adults is included.
  • Protective Factors– An updated and expanded discussion on protective factors influencing older adult functioning.
  • Cases as discussion topics – Cases are presented as discussion topics rather than as completed assessments.
  • Recent health care legislation – Inclusion on material on the influence of material on the influence of recent health care legislation on older adults.

2.     Chapter-by-chapter changes



Chapter 1

  • Updated statistics with most recent (2010) statistics from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.
  • Reorganized discussion of settings for social work practice to reflect continuum of care perspective.
  • Condensed material on personal and professional issues.
  • Expanded information on counter transference.

Chapter 2:

  • Expanded material on why knowledge of the biological changes associated with aging is important to social workers.
  • Condensed material on HIV/AIDS.
  • Expanded section on promoting healthy aging and added protective factors.


Chapter 3:

  • Includes expanded material on the psychosocial tasks of aging.
  • Revised/expanded section on social theories of aging.
  • Revised implications of psychosocial changes of older adults for practice.

 Chapter 4:

  • Expanded material on strengths-based approach to assessment
  • Integrated strengths perspective into Example of a Comprehensive Assessment.
  • Sample Comprehensive Assessment is presented as a critical thinking tool for student to identify strengths and challenges rather than presenting as a completed assessment.

Chapter 5:

  • Incorporated strengths perspective into discussion of depression and dementia and included protective factors.
  • Updated symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Reframe cases as critical thinking exercises asking for student assessment rather than as completed assessment.
  • Shortened section on anxiety.

 Chapter 6:

  • Shortened material on life review.
  • Reorganized chapter to discuss interventions associated with specific socioemotional conditions.
  • Put material on electro convulsive material from previous editions back into the chapter.
  • Included simulated presence and life story approaches for treatment of dementia.

Chapter 7:

  • Included discussion of complementary and alternative interventions.
  • Included a section on massage therapy for older adults.

 Chapter 8:

  • Updated all statistics.
  • Expanded discussion of prescription drug misuse.

Chapter 9:

  • Updated statistics on elder abuse and neglect.
  • Expanded discussion of domestic violence as part of elder abuse.

Chapter 10:

  • Condensed material on the history of spirituality/religion in social work practice.
  • Added section on facilitating forgiveness.

Chapter 11:

  • Expanded discussion of similarities and differences in hospice and palliative care.
  • Expanded discussion of complicated and prolonged grief.

Chapter 12:

  • Expanded discussion of single older adults and older adults with no children
  • Updated material on care giving.

Chapter 13:

  • Expanded discussion to include the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Expanded material on Economic Insecurity Programs for Older Adults. Specifically employment programs.

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