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 book will help prepare future generations of social workers to serve and advocate for the older adult population. I highly recommend this book to social workers with an interest in working with older adults or those educating future social workers to practice in the aging field.” Journal of Gerontological Social Work
“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