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This timely text highlights the importance of informed and critical practice in social work with older people. With an emphasis on reflection throughout, it argues for the need to rethink how social workers support some of the most vulnerable people in society. The text begins with an exploration of the relationship between gerontology, the study of aging, and social work, and demonstrates that a gerontological approach has long been missing from social work practice. The central chapters consider key issues affecting older people and social work practice, such as: * risk of poverty * memory loss and dementia * palliative and end of life care * loss and bereavement * moving into a care home Bringing together theoretical and research insights, this agenda-setting text provides a sound base for creative practice with older people. All those looking to make a positive and discernible difference to older people will find this text rewarding reading.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403991256
ISBN-10: 1403991251
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mo Ray

MO RAY is a social worker and has spent many years in practice as a social worker for older people. She is a lecturer in Social Work at Keele University, UK and is postgraduate Director of the Masters in Social Work programme. MIRIAM BERNARD is Professor of Social Gerontology, Director of Keele University's Research Institute for Life Course Studies, UK. She is the author/editor of 16 books and monographs. JUDITH PHILLIPS is Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Older People and Ageing and Research and Development network in Wales. She is President of the British Society of Gerontology.

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