This original collection explores how critical gerontology can make sense of old age inequalities to inform and improve social work research, policy and practice and empower older people.
With examples of practice-facing research, this book engages with key debates on age-related human rights and social justice issues. The critical and conceptual focus will expand the horizons of those who work with older people, addressing the current challenges, issues and opportunities that they face.
"This collection represents an outstanding contribution to the debate on the future of social work with older people. A timely and important book, drawing together some of the most influential writers and researchers in the field." Chris Phillipson, The University of Manchester
"This group of leading academics have combined to produce a truly international case for the vital contribution of critical gerontology to the skilful practice of gerontological social work." Sally Richards, Oxford Brookes University
Sandra Torres is Professor of Sociology and Chair of Social Gerontology at Uppsala University.
Sarah Donnelly is Assistant Professor of Social Work at University College Dublin.
Critical gerontology: What is it and why do we need it ~ Sandra Torres;
Part I: Critical Gerontology as Guiding Principles for Social Work with Older People;
The life course, critical gerontology and ‘old age’ as a social category ~ Alisoun Milne;
Human Rights and Social Justice: The Guiding Lights of Critical Policy and Practice ~ Judy Walsh;
Autonomy and Agency: Considerations on Themes in Critical Gerontology ~ Paul Higgs;
Poverty, Social exclusion and Homelessness: What the Critical Gerontological Perspective Offers ~ Amanda Grenier;
Gender and Sexuality: Developing an Affirmative Approach to Sexual Rights and Sexual Personhood for Older Adults ~ Dr. Paul Willis;
Ethnicity, Race and Migrancy as Social Positions Relevant for Gerontological Social Work ~ Sandra Torres;
Part II: Applying the Critical Gerontological Lens to Practice;
Assessment, Care Planning and Decision-making ~ Anna Olaison & Sarah Donnelly;
Elder Abuse: What the Critical Gerontological Perspective can Offer ~ Lorna Montgomery & Gemma Carney;
Framing Dementia as a Disability and a Human Rights Concern ~ Suzanne Cahill;
User Involvement in Critical Gerontological Social Work ~ Peter Beresford;
What now for Critical Gerontological Social Work? Opportunities, Challenges and Future Pospects ~ Marjaana Seppänen & Mo Ray.