Social Work with Older Adults: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention eBook, 5th Edition

Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich

Social Work with Older Adults: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessment and Intervention eBook, 5th Edition

By Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich
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For courses in aging and gerontology.

A practical, comprehensive approach to the major areas of social work with older adults Social Work with Older Adults provides pre- and in-service social workers with a clear and engaging all-in-one resource for working with older adults. This practical and comprehensive text examines the basics of biopsychosocial functioning, the assessment of older adults’ strengths, and the design of both traditional and alternative interventions to treat a wide variety of challenges facing older adults. Readers are given the opportunity to practice the tools and strategies they need in the field through numerous case studies, discussion questions, and new integrated learning activities.

The 5th Edition includes a new chapter (13) that details the importance of community programs, as well as expanded coverage of culturally responsive practice throughout the text. New cases with discussion questions and new end-of-chapter integrated learning activities offer readers even more opportunities for practice.

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  • A comprehensive array of topics within a single text incorporates a wide variety of topics germane to social work with older adults, including mental health (Ch. 6), spirituality (Ch. 10), substance use and abuse (Ch. 8), elder abuse and neglect (Ch. 9), end-of-life care (Ch. 11), and social and emotional needs (Ch. 12).
  • CSWE Core Competencies and Practice Behaviour overviews, examples, and applications help readers understand how text content relates to essential competencies and behaviours.
  • Brief overviews at the start of the text provide a quick view of the practice behaviour examples addressed throughout, including concentration-specific practice behaviours for clinical social work, gerontology, military social work, and substance abuse.
  • Each chapter opening page provides a more direct snapshot of the most prominent competencies and practice behaviors addressed in that chapter.
  • Real assessment tools, such as suicidal ideation questions, the Lubben Social Support Scale, Mini-mental Status Exam, and the Geriatric Depression Scale, are included throughout.
  • A variety of treatment protocols using Cognitive Behavioural therapy, life review, reminiscence, and group work are discussed. Nontraditional therapies—including art, music, recreation, and pet therapy—are also included.
  • New - Integrated Learning Activities at the end of each chapter offer suggestions for class projects or individual papers. These activities promote the integration of material in the chapter with students’ experiences in field practicum or community work.
  • New and updated - Case examples and vignettes discuss special concerns of older adults, such as depression, substance abuse, dementia, working with caregiver support systems, and advance directives.
  • New - Discussion questions and activities involve students in active application of the new material presented in each chapter.
  • Important macro practice issues such as creating age-friendly communities, transportation, housing, income programs, and health insurance, which are important to understand even in direct social work, are covered in the final chapters of the book. (See Ch. 13 and 14.)
  • New - Chapter 13, Community Programs to Support “Aging in Place:” Age-Friendly Communities, Transportation, and Housing, discusses new efforts and programs to support the older generation in their current environments.
  • Updated - Expanded coverage of culturally responsive practice is incorporated throughout the text, including:
  • Enhanced content on the experiences of older adults of colour in the health and mental health service system.
  • Extensive new content on LGBT older adults
  • New - New content on the unique challenges Baby Boomers will face as older adults includes a detailed discussion of the opioid crisis and Hepatitis C.
  • Updated - Expanded material on the decision-making capacity of older adults is integrated throughout the text.
Table of contents
  • 1. The Context of Social Work Practice with Older Adults
  • 2. Biological Changes and the Physical Well-Being of Older Adults
  • 3. Psychosocial Adjustments to Aging
  • 4. Conducting a Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • 5. Differential Assessment and Diagnosis of Cognitive and Emotional Problems of Older Adults
  • 6. Interventions for Depression, Anxiety, and Dementia in Older Adults
  • 7. Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Treating Socioemotional Conditions in Older Adults
  • 8. Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention in Older Adults
  • 9. Social Work Practice in Identifying and Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults
  • 10. The Role of Spirituality in Social Work with Older Adults
  • 11. Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Care for Older Adults
  • 12. Working with Older Adults’ Support Systems in Caregiving
  • 13. Community Programs to Support “Aging in Place:” Age-Friendly Communities, Transportation, and Housing
  • 14. Income Programs, Health Insurance, and Support Services for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities