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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Edited by Barbara Berkman

Publication Date - 09 February 2006

ISBN: 9780195173727

1168 pages
7 x 10 inches

A truly monumental resource, this handbook represents the best research on health and aging available to social workers today.


The fields of health care, aging, and social work are often treated as discrete entities, while all social workers deal with issues of health and aging on a daily basis, regardless of practice specialization. The Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging is the first reference to address this reality by compiling the most current thinking on these subjects in a single volume. With the population of older adults increasing as rapidly as new possibilities for their care, professionals need an accessible source of specialized information about how best to serve the elderly and their families, and they will find this authoritative handbook indispensable.

In 100 original chapters, the most experienced and prominent gerontological health care scholars in the United States and across the world provide social workers with up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based practice guidelines for effectively assessing and treating older adults and supporting their families. The contributing authors paint rich portraits of a variety of populations that social workers serve and arenas in which they practice, followed by detailed recommendations of best practices for an array of physical and mental health conditions. Its unprecedented attention to diversity, global trends, and implications for research, government policy, and education make the publication of such a compendium a major event in the field of gerontological social work.

Ambitious and multi-dimensional, this handbook represents the best research on health and aging available to social workers today.


  • The first social work reference to combine the fields of health care and aging
  • 102 original chapters that span practice with physical and mental health care, families and caregivers, and evidence-based interventions
  • Includes up-to-date policy, research, and educational implications
  • Essential reference for all social workers, regardless of practice specialization

About the Author(s)

Barbara Berkman is the Helen Rehr/Ruth Fizdale Professor of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work, and Principal Investigator and National Director of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. In recognition of her research and practice in social work and geriatric health care, she has been named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the New York Academy of Medicine.


"This is a valuable resource, authored by the leaders in social work education and social work practice in health care and aging. The Handbook is the first of its kind, integrating policy, practice, and research in an effective manner. It charts the practice arena of today while laying the roadmap for enhancing the quality of life for older adults and their families. From my vantage point, the Handbook is a much needed addition to our knowledge base for practice."--Frank R. Baskind, Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University

"This handbook is a truly monumental achievement: authoritative, wide-ranging, comprehensive, rigorous, integrative and, above all, practice-friendly and policy-friendly. Its authors and editorial board constitute a veritable pantheon--both present and future--of the best scholars and educators in gerontological social work. Convincingly demonstrating how social work with aging and elderly persons is central to all of social work education and practice, this definitive compendium is must reading for anyone who is interested in aging and social work."--Ronald A. Feldman, Ruth Harris Ottman Centennial Professor for the Advancement of Social Work Education and Director, Center for the Study of Social Work Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work

"An excellent teaching resource for bachelor's and master's social work classes in geriatric assessment, interventions, resource networks, therapy, advocacy, policy, international social work, and research...The Handbook is comprehensive, concise, current, and readable."--PsycCRITIQUES

"This monumental text fills a void not only in the literature...but also in the education of social workers who typically do not receive adequate training in gerontology in university social work programs...Berkman is to be commended for compiling a rigorous and extensive resource that will appeal to not only gerontological social wrokers but all social workers who come into contact with older adults in their practice as well as other professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life for older adults and their loved ones."--International Social Work

Table of Contents

    Part I: Social Work Practice and Other Adults with Chronic Physical Conditions
    Section Editor: Amy Horowitz
    1. Older Adults with Cancer, Peter Maramaldi and Joghyun Lee
    2. Older Adults with Age-Related Cardiovascular Disease, Amy Ai and Lynn Carrigan
    3. Older Adults with Diabetes and Complications, Richard Francoeur and Jennifer Elkin
    4. Older Adults with Orthopedic and Mobility Conditions, Helen Miltaedis and Lenard Kaye
    5. Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Elizabeth Lightfoot
    6. Older Adults with Age-Related Sensory Loss, Cynthia Stuen
    7. Aging and Functional Disability, Michelle Putnam
    8. HIV-Infected and HIV-Affected Older Adults, Cynthia Poindexter and Charles Emlet
    Part II: Social Work Practice and Older Adults with Mental Health Problems
    Section Editor: Deborah Padgett
    9. Older Adults with Neurological Disorders without Significant Dementia, Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos
    10. Older Adults Suffering from Significant Dementia, Ron Toseland and Michael Parker
    11. Older Adults with Mental and Emotional Problems, Zvi Gellis
    12. Older Adults with Substance/Alcohol Abuse Problems, Tazuko Shibusawa
    13. Older Adults at Risk for Suicide, Margaret Adamek and Greta M. Yoder-Slater
    Part III: Social Work Practice and Special Populations of Older Adults and Caregivers
    Section Editor: David Biegel
    14. Elders Living in Poverty, David Biegel and Sylvia Liebbrandt
    15. Older Adults and Work in the 21st Century, Shelly Akabas and Lauren Gates
    16. The Oldest Old, Ruth Dunkle and Hae-Sook Jeon
    17. Immigrant and Refugee Elders, Ailee Moon and Siyon Rhee
    18. Mistreated and Neglected Elders, Susan Tomita
    19. Aging Prisoners, Ron Aday
    Part IV: Cultural Diversity and Social Work Practice with Older Adults
    Section Editor: Letha Chadiha
    20. Older African Americans and Other Black Populations, Letha Chadiha, Edna Brown, and Maria Aranda
    21. Older Asian Americans, Jong Won and Ailee Moon
    22. Older Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgender Persons, Sandra Butler
    23. Older Latinos: A Mental Health Perspective, Maria Aranda
    24. Native American Elders: Unique Histories and Special Needs, Amanda Barusch
    25. Older Adults in Other Minority Groups, Collette Browne and Virginia Richardson
    Part V: Social Work Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care
    Section Editor: Judy Howe
    26. Roles of Social Workers in Palliative and End of Life Care, Judy Howe and Louise Daratsos
    27. Psychosocial Services at the End of Life, Irene Gutheil and Margaret Souza
    Part VI: Family and Intergenerational Social Work Practice in Special Caregiving Situations
    Section Editor: Marsha Seltzer
    28. Caregivers to Older Adults, Jan Greenberg, Marsha Seltzer, and Eva Brewer
    29. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Who Are They?, Nancy Kropf and Eunkyung Yoon
    30. Older Adults as Caregivers to Persons with Developmental and/or Physical Disabilities, Philip McCallion
    31. Older Latino Family Caregivers, Sandra Magana
    32. Rural African American Caregiving, Iris Carlton-LaNey
    33. Caregiving at a Distance, Michael Parker, Wesley Church, and Ronald Toseland
    Part VII: Social Work Practice in the Community with Older Adults and their Families/Caregivers
    Section Editor: Amanda Barusch
    A. Settings for Practice:
    34. Generalized and Specialized Hospitals, Patricia Volland and David Keepnews
    35. Home Care Settings, Ted Benjamin and Edna Naito-Chan
    36. Department of Public Welfare or Social Services, Patricia Brownwell
    37. Geriatric Care Management Settings, Carmen Morano and Barbara Morano
    38. Hospices, Deborah Waldrop
    39. Community Mental Health Centers, Sherry Cummings
    40. Senior Centers, Philip Rozario
    41. Health Maintenance Organizations and Managed Care Companies, W. June Simmons and Susan Enguidanos
    42. Social Service and Health Planning Agencies, Rob Hudson
    43. The Workplace, Shelly Akabas and Lauren Gates
    44. Substance Abuse Networks, Connie Corley, Muriel Gray, and R. Yakimo
    Social Service Resources Available Through Community Settings:
    45. Case Management Services, Matthias Naleppa
    46. Counseling Services and Support Groups, Leah Ruffin and Lenard Kaye
    47. Services to Support Caregivers of Older Adults, Sandra Crewe and Sandra Chipungu
    48. Advocacy and Protection of Older Adults, Jordan Kosberg, Max Rothman, and Burton Dunlop
    49. Services and Housing Issues, Judith Gonyea
    50. Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Bradley Zodikoff
    51. Services for HIV-Infected and HIV-Affected Older Adults, Charles Emlet and Cynthia Poindexter
    Part VIII: Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Their Families in Long-Term Residential Care
    Section Editor: Rosalie Kane
    52. A Social Worker's Historical Perspective on Residential Care, Rosalie Kane
    53. Nursing Homes, Betsy Vourlekis and Kelsey Simons
    54. Residential Care Settings for Veterans, Marylou Guihan
    55. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Ruth Huber, Ellen Netting, Kevin Borders and H.W. Nelson
    56. Long-Term Residential Settings for Older Persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Jeanette Semke
    57. Culture Change in Long Term Care, Wendy Lustbader and Carter Catlett Williams
    58. Dementia Special Care Units in Residential Care, Lisa Gwyther and Rosalie Kane
    59. Transitions from Nursing Homes to Community Settings, Robert Mollica
    60. Continuing Care Retirement Communities, F. Ellen Netting and Cindy Wilson
    61. Assisted Living Settings, Sheryl Zimmerman, Jean Munn, and Terry Koenig
    62. Adult Foster Care and Adult Family Care, Vera Prosper
    63. Congregate Housing, Nancy Sheehan and Waldo Klein
    64. Residence-Based Care: New York's NORC-Supportive Service Program Model, Fredda Vladeck
    Part IX: Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults and their Families/Caregivers
    Section Editor: Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich and James Lubben
    A. Assessment
    65. Comprehensive and Multidimensional Geriatric Assessment, Scott Geron
    66. Abbreviated and Targeted Geriatric Assessment, James Lubben
    67. Standardized Measures Commonly Used in Geriatric Assessment, Rosalie Kane
    B. Theories and Modes of Practice Intervention with Older Adults and their Families/Caregivers:
    68. Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions, Kathleen McInnis-Dittrich
    69. Family and Group Interventions, Roberta Greene and Joyce Riley
    70. Interdisciplinary Team Practices, M. Joanna Miller
    71. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Denis Cronin
    72. Reminiscence and Life Review, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton and Angela Bommarito
    73. Strengths-Based and Solutions-Focused Approaches to Practice, Rosemary Chapin, Holly Nelson-Becker, and Kelly Macmillan
    74. Use of Spirituality in Interventions, Holly Nelson-Becker, Mitsuko Nakashima, and Edward Canda
    Advocacy and Empowerment Models:
    75. Approaches to Empowering Individuals, Kevin Mahoney and Karen Zgoda
    76. National Advocacy Groups for Older Adults, Linda Harootyan and Gregg O'Neill
    Section Editor: Namkee Choi
    77. Federal Income Maintenance Policies and Programs, Namkee Choi
    78. Private Retirement Benefits, Rob Hudson
    79. Policies Affecting Health, Mental Health, and Caregiving: Medicare, Ji Seon Lee
    80. Policies Affecting Health, Mental Health, and Caregiving: Medicaid, Colleen Galambos
    81. Policies Affecting Long-Term Care and Long-Term Care Institutions, Li-Mei Chen
    82. Policies Affecting Community-Based Social Services, Housing, and Transportation, Sharon Keigher
    83. Policies Related to Competency and Proxy Issues, Kathleen Wilber and Gretchen Alkema
    84. Policies Related to End of Life Care, Victoria Raveis
    85. Policies Affecting Families of Dependent Older Adults, Lydia Li and Jane Rafferty
    86. Policies to Protect the Rights of Older Adults, Joan Davitt
    Section Editor: James Lubben
    87. World Population Aging, James Lubben and JoAnn Damron Rodriguez
    88. Older Adults in Australia, Elizabeth Ozanne
    89. Older Adults in China, Iris Chi
    90. Older Adults in Europe, Judith Phillips
    91. Older Adults in Developing Nations, Osei Darkwa
    92. Long Term Care Insurance in Japan, Martha Ozawa and Shingo Nakayama
    Section Editor: Barbara Berkman
    93. Issues in Conducting Social Work Research in Aging, Amy Horowitz
    94. Using Large Datasets for Research on Older Adults and Families, Terry Lum
    95. Measuring Client Satisfaction Among Older Adults and Families, Chang-ming Hsieh and Betsy Essex
    96. Current Status of Social Work Research in Aging and Future Directions, Denise Burnette and Nancy Morrow-Howell
    Section Editor: Nancy Hooyman
    97. Strategies for Implementing and Sustaining Gerontological Curricular Change in Social Work Education, James Reinardy and Sara Zoff
    98. Educating Social Workers for an Aging Society: Needs and Approaches, Nancy Wilson
    99. Moving Forward: Developing Geriatric Social Work Competencies, JoAnn Damron Rodriguez
    100. Credentialing Opportunities for Social Workers in Aging, Robyn Golden and Monika White