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 that are largely absent in social work education and gerontological practice, including 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 for social work students new to or seeking to specialize in aging, as well as those interested in the application of anti-oppressive principles to working with older adults and researching later life.
"This outstanding book is an excellent addition to the growing canon of anti-oppressive social work theory and practice. Through meticulous research and clear examples, the authors re-envision gerontological social work in exciting ways that challenge intersecting layers of social injustice and instead, advance inclusive, emancipatory, and decolonizing practice and theory." Donna Baines, PhD, MSW, Professor and Director, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia-Vancouver, Canada
"By centering on the voices and lived experiences of historically marginalized older adults, this book offers a cutting edge and ground-breaking analysis of anti-oppressive gerontological social work theory and practice. It illustrates how age/ageism is not a monolithic concept and experience, but rather intersectional, transnational, and intergenerational. This book is ideal reading for social work students, scholars, and practitioners as they would be able to fine-tune their engagement with anti-oppressive gerontological social work practice, and to respect and honor the intersectional lives of historically marginalized older adults across the life course." Fritz Pino, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina, Canada
"Gerontological social work practice in Canada has suffered from the paucity of attention to applying critical, social justice-oriented lenses to practice with older adults. This book makes a vital contribution to responding to this significant gap. It clearly articulates a framework for understanding and doing anti-oppressive gerontological (AOG) practice that I expect will become an essential foundational text for preparing social workers for practice in this area." Deborah O'Connor, PhD, RSW, Professor, School of Social Work and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia (CRPD), University of British Columbia, Canada
List of figures and tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1: Shifting our lens on gerontological social work; 1. Age/ism: age as a category of difference; 2. Theorizing later life and social work praxis; 3. Sites and sectors of health and social care; Part 2: Doing AOP social work with older adults; 4. Deconstructing risk and frailty; 5. Moral, legal, and ethical issues; 6. Who cares about caregiving?; 7. Dementia, personhood, and citizenship as practice; 8. Mapping trauma across the life course; 9. Mental health, mental wellness, and substance mis/use; 10. Addressing mistreatment and violence; Part 3: Re-visioning gerontological social work; 11. Building inclusive communities; 12. Policy and planning for an aging society; 13. Everyday lives and realities; Concluding thoughts; Index