SWK4180 Social Work Practice with Older Adults

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Debra Newell

Course Description:

This course looks at the unique aspects of social work practice pertaining to older adults and their families. Older adults face challenges in the later years that do not present at earlier ages, or present and need attended to in different ways than for younger adults or children. This course focuses on direct practice with older adults and their families. The course examines the social context of aging, the aging process, associated changes, and the effects on older persons and their families. Emphasis is on the nature of support systems and the social work role in maintaining and enhancing functioning and well being. The role of caregivers when elders are limited in their capacity to function independently is examined.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students who are middle age or younger often have not been exposed to older people in the context of their lives, but rather sound bites and snippets. In a season that is often seen as one of many losses, it is important to understand ongoing and emerging strengths of the individual in terms of function, well-being and quality of life.

Why This Course Is Important:

The population is aging all around the world. It behooves each of us to have an understanding of older adults, their families and the services available or not available in order to promote the highest level of independence and quality of life.