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Critical Gerontology for Social Workers

Edited by Sandra Torres and Sarah Donnelly

Published

Apr 1, 2022

Page count

212 pages

Series

Research in Social Work

ISBN

978-1447360445

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 1, 2022

Page count

212 pages

Series

Research in Social Work

ISBN

978-1447360469

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 1, 2022

Page count

212 pages

Series

Research in Social Work

ISBN

978-1447360469

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Critical Gerontology for Social Workers

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, 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.

Social work and critical gerontology: why the former needs the latter ~ Sarah Donnelly and Sandra Torres

Part I: Critical gerontology as guiding principles for social work for older people

The life course and old age ~ Alisoun Milne

Human rights and older people ~ Joan R. Harbison

Agency and autonomy ~ Paul Higgs

Poverty and late-life homelessness ~ Amanda Grenier and Tamara Sussman

Sexuality and rights in later life ~ Paul Willis and Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Ethnicity, race and migrancy ~ Sandra Torres

Part II: Applying the critical gerontological lens to social work research, policy and practice

Assessment, care planning and decision making ~ Anna Olaison and Sarah Donnelly

Elder abuse ~ Lorna Montgomery and Gemma M. Carney

Dementia: a disability and a human rights concern ~ Suzanne Cahill

User involvement ~ Peter Beresford

Opportunities and future prospects for gerontological social work with a critical lens ~ Marjaana Seppänen and Mo Ray