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Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers

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DAYS IN THE LIVES OF GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL WORKERS

44 Professionals Tell Stories from Real-Life Social Work Practice with Older Adults

Edited by Linda May Grobman and Dara Bergel Bourassa

This book, like its predecessors Days in the Lives of Social Workers and More Days in the Lives of Social Workers, highlights the experiences of social workers through first-person narratives. This volume focuses on professional social work in direct and indirect practice with and on behalf of older adults. The contributors to this book are social workers at the BSW, MSW, and doctoral levels. Here are some of the social work practice settings, roles, and topics you will read about: working in communities; hospitals, hospice, and home health; nursing home social work, administration, inspection, and advocacy; addictions, mental illness, and homelessness in older adults; Alzheimer s and Parkinson s diseases; international settings;gerontological research; policy and macro practice; social work student experiences in gerontology; centenarians and their secrets to long life. Gerontological social work is a growing and exciting practice specialty! The stories told by these gerontological social workers will transform your thinking about what this type of work entails. You will gain a better understanding of the issues facing older adults and their social workers, and you may be inspired to pursue this career path. This engaging collection will make a welcome supplement to the theory found in traditional textbooks. Organizations, Web sites, additional readings, and a glossary of terms are included to assist you in further exploring these areas of social work practice. Photographs by social worker/photographer Marianne Gontarz York are featured to expand your visual images of real people as they grow older.

Table of Contents

About the Editors/Contributors/Photographer    9

Introduction    16
Acknowledgments    19

PART 1—COMMUNITY
Chapter 1—The Blessings of Meals on Wheels    23
Chapter 2—Adult Protective Services    27
Chapter 3—Working With Immigrants in a Community
    Senior Center    31   
Chapter 4—When the White Cane Comes in Handy:
    Helping Older Adults Navigate the Health Care System    37
Chapter 5—Geriatric Community Care Management    41
Chapter 6—Community Senior Services    47
Chapter 7—Best Practices in a Community Setting    53
Chapter 8—A Day in the Life of a NORC    57
Chapter 9—Gas Masks, Self-Affirmation, and War in Israel    61

PART 2—HEALTH CARE—HOSPITALS, HOME HEALTH,
AND HOSPICE
Chapter 10—Firsts: Mrs. Blue Visits the ER    67
Chapter 11—Social Work in Outpatient Rehabilitation    73
Chapter 12—Hospital Social Work: A Fast-Paced
    Environment    79
Chapter 13—Welcome to Geriatrics! Life as a
    VA Social Worker    85
Chapter 14—Do Unto Others: Life Lessons Learned
    as a Medical Social Worker    93
Chapter 15—A Typical Day: Social Work in Home Health    99
Chapter 16—A Day in the Life of a Hospice Social Worker    105
Chapter 17—The Need for Hospice Social Workers in
    Skilled Nursing Facilities    111

PART 3—NURSING HOMES
Chapter 18—Social Work in a Nursing Home    119
Chapter 19—The Mount    125
Chapter 20—Life as a Nursing Home Administrator    133
Chapter 21—Investigative Social Work: The Nursing
    Home Surveyor    139
Chapter 22—A Day in the Life of an Ombudsman    145
Chapter 23—Long Term Care Ombudsman:
    Another Perspective    149

PART 4—SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Chapter 24—Working With Geriatric Inpatients in
    Acute Mental Health    159
Chapter 25—Stella’s Orchestra: Social Work in Rural
    Geriatric Mental Health    165
Chapter 26—Social Work at the Alzheimer’s Association    171
Chapter 27—Parkinson’s Disease and Social Work Practice    177
Chapter 28—A Social Work Perspective on
    Geriatric Addictions    183
Chapter 29—Working With Homeless Older Adults    189

PART 5—NONTRADITIONAL METHODS AND SETTINGS
Chapter 30—Tapping Into the Creative Parts: Art Therapy
    With Older Adults    197
Chapter 31—Integrative Touch and the 15-Minute StressOut    201
Chapter 32—A Win-Win Partnership: Intergenerational
    Social Work    207
Chapter 33—Social Work in a Law Firm    211
Chapter 34—Geriatric Care Management in Private Practice    219
Chapter 35—Caregiver Psychoeducational Support Groups:
    Gerontological Social Work in Business and Industry    223

PART 6—POLICY AND MACRO PRACTICE
Chapter 36—Community Organizing in State Government    233
Chapter 37—Gray and Gay: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
    Transgender Aging    239

PART 7—STUDENT, EDUCATOR, AND RESEARCHER
PERSPECTIVES
Chapter 38—Field Placement in Geriatric Case Management    247
Chapter 39—A Graduate Student’s  Experience in the
    Hartford Practicum Partnership Program    253
Chapter 40—Learning the Ropes as a BSW Intern    257
Chapter 41—Teaching Aging by Concept and Example    263
Chapter 42—One Day in the Life of a Qualitative Researcher    269
Chapter 43—Racism Oral History    275
Chapter 44—Centenarians in India: Secrets to Long Life    281

APPENDIX A: Organizations and Web Resources of Interest
    to Social Workers in Gerontology    287
APPENDIX B: Additional Reading and Resources    293
APPENDIX C: Glossary of Terms    311

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW, is the publisher, editor, and founder of The New Social Worker magazine. She edited the books Days in the Lives of Social Workers and More Days in the Lives of Social Workers, and co-authored the book The Social Worker’s Internet Handbook. Linda received her MSW from the University of Georgia and has practiced in mental health and medical settings. She is a former staff member of two state chapters of the National Association of Social Workers.

Dara Bergel Bourassa, PhD, MSW, LSW, is Assistant Professor and Director of the gerontology program at Shippensburg University Department of Social Work and Gerontology. She received her BSW and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she completed her dissertation entitled, “Compassion Fatigue as it Relates to Adult Protective Services Social Workers.” She became interested in working with older adults during her undergraduate social work field placement in a suburban hospital.

Other Details

Editors::
Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW, and Dara Bergel Bourassa, Ph.D., LSW
Publication Date:
2007
Pages:
313

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