Gerontological Social Work in Action introduces ‘anti-oppression gerontology’ (AOG), a critical approach to social work with older adults, their families, and communities. AOG principles are applied to direct and indirect practice and a range of topics of relevance to social work practice in the context of a rapidly aging and increasingly diverse world.
Weaving together stories from diverse older adults, theories, research, and practical tools, this unique textbook prompts social workers to think differently and push back against oppressive forces. It pays attention to issues, realities, and contexts which are largely absent in social work education and gerontological practice. This includes important developments in our understanding of age/ism; theories of aging and social work; sites and sectors of health and social care; managing risk and frailty; moral, ethical and legal questions about aging, including medical assistance in dying; caregiving; dementia and citizenship; trauma, and much more.
This textbook should be considered essential reading to social work students new to aging and/or seeking to specialize as well as others interested in the application of anti-oppressive principles to working and researching with older adults.
List of figures; List of tables; List of textboxes; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Section A: Shifting our lens on gerontological social work; Chapter 1: Age/ism: Age as a category of difference; Chapter 2: Theorizing later life and social work praxis; Chapter 3: Sites and sectors of health and social care; Section B: Doing AOP social work with older adults; Chapter 4: Deconstructing risk and frailty; Chapter 5: Moral, legal, and ethical issues; Chapter 6: Who cares about caregiving?; Chapter 7: Dementia, personhood, and citizenship as practice; Chapter 8: Mapping trauma across the life course; Chapter 9: Mental health, mental wellness, and substance mis/use; Chapter 10: Addressing mistreatment and violence; Section C: Re-visioning gerontological social work; Chapter 11: Building inclusive communities; Chapter 12: Policy and planning for an aging society; Chapter 13: Everyday lives and realities; Concluding thoughts; Index