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Social work with older adults : a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and intervention

Author: Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich
Publisher: Boston : Allyn & Bacon, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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This volume provides an overview of the process of assessing the needs of older adults and providing social and mental health services to meet those needs. The author examines the basics of biopsychosocial changes associated with the aging process. Readers are introduced to theories on the biopsychosocial functioning of older adults and are taught how to assess that functioning and plan and implement interventions  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich
ISBN: 9780205593606 0205593607
OCLC Number: 243675024
Notes: Revised edition of: Social work with elders : a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and intervention / Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich. 2nd ed. 2005.
Description: xxviii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The context of social work practice with older adults. Aging in the twenty-first century --
The demography of aging --
The importance of birth cohart --Settings for gerontological social work --
Developing areas for direct practice --
Macro settings for gerontological social workers --
Personal and professional issues in work with older adults --
2. Biological changes and the physical well-being of older adults. Why does the body age? --
Biological changes that accompany aging --
Implications of age-related biological changes for social work practice with older adults --
Incontinence --
HIV/Aids and older adults --
What factors promote healthy aging? --
3. Psychosocial adjustments to aging. Psychological changes that accompany aging --
Social theories of aging --
"Successful" psychosocial aging --
Implications of psychosocial changes for social work practice with older adults --
4. Conducting a biopsychosocial assessment. What is an assessment? --
What is the purpose of a biopsychosocial assessment? --
Special considerations in assessing older adults --
Conditions for conducting an assessment --
Components of a comprehensive assessment --
Example of a comprehensive assessment --
5. Differential assessment and diagnosis of cognitive and emotional problems of older adults. Differential assessment and diagnosis --
Depression in older adults --
Dementia --
Delirium --
Differentiating between depression, dementia, and delirium --
Anxiety disorders --
Differential diagnosis of anxiety --
6. Individual and group interventions in the socioemotional and cognitive problems of older adults. The intervention process --
Obstacles to intervention and treatment with older adults --
Developing a relationship with an older adult --
Cognitive-behavioral therapy --
Life review --
Validation therapy --
Advantages of the group work approach --
7. Alternative interventions in the socioemotional problems of older adults. Traditional and alternative interventions --
The benefits of creative arts for older adults --
The therapeutic use of music --
Art as a therapeutic activity --
Recreation as therapy --
Animal-assisted therapy --
8. Substance abuse and suicide prevention in older adults. Substance abuse and older adults --
Alcohol use and abuse by older adults --
Treatment of alcohol problems in older adults --
Drug misuse and dependency --
Suicide among older adults --
9. Social work practice in identifying and preventing abuse and neglect of older adults. Growing concern about abuse and neglect of older adults --
The incidence of abuse and neglect of older adults --
What constitutes abuse or neglect of older adults? --
Risk factors associated with abuse or neglect of older adults --
Understanding the causes of maltreatment of older adults social learning theory --
Assessment of abuse, neglect, and self-neglect of older adults --
Designing interventions to prevent abuse or neglect --
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes --
When an older adult refuses protective services --
10. Spirituality and social work with older adults. Spirituality and religion in social work practice --
The social work profession's approach-avoidance relationship with spirituality --
The relevance of spirituality to social work with older adults --
Spirituality in the lives of women and older adults of color --
Incorporating spirituality into social work practice with older adults --
11. End-of-life care for older adults. End-of-life care as part of gerontological social work --
The process of dying --
The role of the social worker in the dying process --
Bereavement and grief --
Hospice care --
Social work interventions with bereaved older adults --
Advance directives --
Ethical dilemmas in death and dying --
12. Working with older adults' support systems : spouses, partners, families, and caregivers. Older adults' support systems --
Spouses and partners --
The goals of supportive interventions with older couples --
Therapeutic interventions with older couples --
The family meeting --
Grandparents raising grandchildren --
Caregivers as support systems for older adults --
The stresses of caregiving --
Social work interventions with caregivers --
13. "Aging in place" : income programs, health insurance, and support services for older adults. "Aging in place" --
Health insurance programs for older adults --
Support services to older adults --
Home equity conversion mortgages (reverse mortgages) --
Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCS) --
What challenges lie ahead?
Other Titles: Social work with elders
Responsibility: Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich.

Abstract:

This volume provides an overview of the process of assessing the needs of older adults and providing social and mental health services to meet those needs. The author examines the basics of biopsychosocial changes associated with the aging process. Readers 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. The book 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.

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