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"Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century" meets the need for state-of-the-art information on practice approaches with older patients that are age-specific and empirically based, blend "micro" and "macro" views, and reflect current themes in the aging and social work fields. The book is designed as a text for students and as a professional resource for practitioners. Clearly written, the book offers an expert and comprehensive review of the current literature and focuses on issues relating to the most vulnerable older people. "Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century" also features case illustrations throughout and brief end-of-chapter questions for review.
The book has four parts. Part 1 reviews current and classic theories of aging and proposes an original framework for an integrative approach to practice with older people that incorporates both individual and policy-level interventions. The approach is based on current themes such as a life course perspective, heterogeneity, diversity, and inequality. Part 2 covers such common and important psychological problems among older individuals, as anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and dementia, and describes appropriate, evidence-based interventions. Part 3 considers the social psychological picture by discussing working with older families, end-of-life care, bereavement, and work and retirement. Part 4 focuses on core sociopolitical issues in the lives of older people: economic policy, poverty, health policy, quality-of-life concerns, and social services.
Current, authoritative, and original, this single-volume gerontology resource will be of valuable use to graduate students and practitioners.
As women moved into the formal labor force in large numbers over the last forty years, care work traditionally provided primarily by women has increasingly shifted from the family arena to the market. Child care, elder care, care for the disabled, and home care now account for a growing segment of low-wage work in the United States. But the expanding market provision of care has created new economic anxieties and raised pointed questions: Why do women continue to do most care work, both paid and unpaid? Why does care work remain low paid when the quality of care is so highly valued? In For Love and Money, an interdisciplinary team of experts explores the theoretical dilemmas of care provision and provides an unprecedented empirical overview of the looming problems for the care sector in the United States. Drawing on diverse disciplines and areas of expertise, For Love and Money develops an innovative framework to analyze existing care policies and suggest potential directions for care policy and future research. Contributors Paula England, Nancy Folbre, and Carrie Leana explore the range of motivations for caregiving, such as familial responsibility or limited job prospects, and why both love and money can be efficient motivators. They also examine why women tend to specialize in the provision of care, citing factors like job discrimination, social pressure, or the personal motivation to provide care reported by many women. Suzanne Bianchi, Nancy Folbre, and Douglas Wolf estimate how much unpaid care is being provided in the United States and show that low-income families rely more on unpaid family members for their child and for elder care than do affluent families. With low wages and little savings, these families often find it difficult to provide care and earn enough money to stay afloat. Candace Howes, Carrie Leana and Kristin Smith investigate the dynamics within the paid care sector and find problematic wages and working conditions, including high turnover, inadequate training and a pay penalty for workers who enter care jobs. These conditions have consequences: poor job quality in child care and adult care also leads to poor care quality. In their chapters, Janet Gornick, Candace Howes and Laura Braslow provide a systematic inventory of public policies that directly shape the provision of care for children or for adults who need personal assistance, such as family leave, child care tax credits and Medicaid-funded long-term care. They conclude that income and variations in states policies are the greatest factors determining how well, and for whom, the current system works. Despite the demand for care work, very little public policy attention has been devoted to it. Only three states, for example, have enacted paid family leave programs. Paid or unpaid, care costs those who provide it. At the heart of For Love and Money is the understanding that the quality of care work in the United States matters not only for those who receive care but also for society at large, which benefits from the nurturance and maintenance of human capabilities. This volume clarifies the pressing need for America to fundamentally rethink its care policies and increase public investment in this increasingly crucial sector."
As the baby-boomer generation ages, nursing home care is likely to
become a major social problem. New residents will put huge strains
on already short staffing at a time when funding to
government-assisted homes (75 percent of all nursing homes) is
lower than ever.
Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with aging, a topic that is becoming increasingly popular with both professionals and those in the Third Age themselves. The nature of loneliness is analyzed and clearly distinguished from solitary living, which need not be an unpleasant state. Through an examination of material drawn from literature and modern research, including the author's own experience, the book arrives at the happy conclusion that older people are not, in general, lonelier than when they were younger.
Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with ageing, a topic which is becoming increasingly popular as the number of those in the Third Age themselves reaches unprecedented levels. It analyses the nature of loneliness, clearly distinguishing it from the experience of solitary living, which in its turn is explored, and valued. Through an examination of material drawn from literature and moderen research, including the author's own experience, the book arrives at the happy conclusion that older people are not in general, lonelier than when younger.
The contributors to this volume reference a shared, longitudinal corpus of spontaneous conversation elicited in natural settings from speakers with moderate to late moderate Alzheimer's Disease, utilizing other collections as appropriate, to analyze conversation, discourse and written text by and about Alzheimer's speech. Cross-disciplinary contributions from the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Germany, representing linguistics, gerontology, geriatric nursing, computer science, and communications disorders report on empirically-based investigations of social and pragmatic language competencies and strategies retained by AD patients which could ground communication enhancements or interventions.
With the goal of alleviating the paucity of knowledge about advanced dementia, and helping to improve the care and services that are increasingly needed for the growing numbers of people living with dementia-type diseases, this book provides evidence-based measurement scales for use by researchers and care providers who are seeking to improve our understanding of the final stages of this disease. Now collected in a single place are the best available research tools for use with this unique population, accompanied by knowledgeable reviews by the book's internationally recognized authors and by the original journal articles that explain each scale s development and validity.All scales presented in this unique resource have been proven effective in eliciting meaningful data from study subjects, patients, and long-term care residents whose communication difficulties reduce their ability to self-report or respond in traditionally measured ways. These customized scales are useful for assessing the following domains in late-stage or end-of-life dementia care: Dementia severity, Satisfaction with care, Symptom management, Comfort during dying, Quality of life, Activity involvement, Discomfort, Pain, Quality of visits, Agitation, Rejection of care
The study of death has the capacity to bring together a range of policy areas. Yet death is often overlooked within policy debates in the UK and beyond, and within gerontology. Bringing together a range of scholars engaged in policy associated with death, this collection provides a holistic account of how death factors in social policy. Within this, issues covered include inheritance, palliative care, euthanasia, funeral costs, bereavement support, marginalised deaths and disposal practices. At the heart of the book, the volume recognises that the issues identified are likely to intensify and expand over the next twenty years, as death rates continue to rise.
Huber (social work, U. of Louisville) et al. provide a conceptual framework for understanding when and how to use different advocacy strategies and methods for practitioners, students, and others working with elders in the US. Understanding different situations, solving problems, and selecting effective strategies are the key aims.
In this timely new edition of their respected book, Schneider, Kropf, and Kisor introduce readers to the many facets of working with the elderly. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL WORK provides medical and psychological data about the elderly, and outlines methods for effective practice with aged clients. Each chapter is written by a faculty member who has expertise in that particular area of focus.
The rapid pace of Alzheimer's research now offers hope to people afflicted with this disease and to those who care about and for them. Here for the first time is a state-of-research report by a nationally recognized authority, written in a lively, interesting, easily understood fashion. Other books tell how to care for Alzheimer's patients. Candle and Darkness is the only book that offers both patients and caretakers accurate information about risk-factors and possible causes of the disease, as well as realistic expectations for the future.
Presents a strengths-based approach of social work with older adults. The fourth edition of Social Work with Older Adults provides 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 - digital and print. Pearson offers its titles on the devices students love through Pearson's MyLab products, CourseSmart, Amazon, and more. 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.0205922422 / 9780205922420 Social Work with Older Adults Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 0205239927 / 9780205239924 MySearchLab with Pearson eText -- Valuepack Access 0205096727 / 9780205096725 Social Work with Older Adults
Examines how government social policy, especially relating to health care, impacts older families in the US and in Canada, then compares the two countries. The nine essays discuss individualism and collective responsibility, stereotypes of the aged, geriatric acute care, and other topics. Annotation
A comparison of the perspectives of nurses and social workers on the effect of the new Prospective Payment System for Medicare patients on planning for the discharge of elderly patients from hospitals. Though the two groups differ on their priorities of criteria, both felt a lack of adequate prepara
First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Written by experts in the field, this book explores the relevance and contributions of the field of human factors to health care. It begins with overviews of the field of human factors and the primary research methodologies of that field and goes on to review the cognitive issues that must be considered in the context of the health care environment and the potential for exercises to improve such cognitive functions. The remaining chapters cover a range of cutting-edge topics including: care giving, telecommunication issues, design of medical devices, computer monitoring of patients, automated communication systems, computer interface issues in general, and the use of the Web as a source for health information.
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