Work With Older People: Challenges and Opportunities by Irene Gutheil

By Irene Gutheil

The expanding desire for expert and an expert carrier services to paintings with the getting older has been good documented in contemporary experiences. Gutheil writes in her advent, progress within the quantity and share of older individuals is among the such a lot dramatic and influential advancements of this century, and we needs to expect and handle the wishes of this burgeoning older inhabitants. One expected results of the expanding numbers of older folks, in particular the oldest previous, is an unparalleled call for for help companies for older humans and their families.By bringing jointly practitioners and educators lively within the box of elder care, this booklet examines present issues and perform concerns. a number of themes now receiving massive realization within the fields of getting older and social paintings akin to elder abuse, moral concerns in long term care, the demanding situations of interdisciplinary teamwork, and the effect of our present monetary surroundings on social companies, are introduced jointly for the 1st time during this quantity. well timed chapters comprise present considering on matters pros fight with each day. The chapters replicate the extraordinary range of the demanding situations and possibilities in paintings with older humans. a few of these demanding situations are tricky, a few invigorating - there are lots of possibilities for exciting and pleasurable perform. A beneficial device for either school room use and for execs in direct perform, the booklet includes sections, the 1st presents starting place wisdom crucial for paintings with older humans and their households; the second one examines present concerns within the box of getting older. There are the types of complicated matters that confront pros in social paintings, gerontology, counseling, and different fields with a dedication to serving older humans and their households.

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Like work with younger clients, work with older people challenges us to Page 10 overcome biases within ourselves related to sexism, racism, and ageism. What stands out in our work with older persons is that it can be even more exciting and challenging than work with younger persons because we are dealing with survivors who have crossed the terrain of the life course, and who bring into old age the richness of experience, and into advanced old age a very special perspective on life, unique psychological mechanisms for preserving a sense of self, and the strength and fragility that result from having lived through multiple and often unremitting losses.

A case in point is that of an 85-year-old woman, a former truck driver and hardened survivor living alone for the past 20 years since the death of her partner and husband. A niece, with whom she did not have a close bond, occasionally looked in on her, but recently was refused entry as the older woman became increasingly hostile and suspicious. Neighbors became concerned about her safety and health, and professional help was sought. The social worker made three visits to the client's apartment before she was admitted.

It also presents many opportunities for stimulating and gratifying practice. The chapters that follow reflect the remarkable diversity of the challenges and opportunities in work with older people. The content of the book is organized into two parts: Setting the Stage and Issues in Practice and Service Delivery. Part I comprises three chapters, providing the foundation essential to work with older people and their families. The six chapters in Part II examine a range of issues that has demanded increasing attention in recent years.

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