SWK4185 Social Work Practice with Older Adults among Immigrant Populations

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Olivia Owusu-Boakyewaah

Course Description:

This course focuses on interventions with older adults at both the micro and macro level. Emphasis will be placed upon theories of human development related to aging and the physiological, psychological, and social changes. Care-giving demands, legal/financial planning, abuse and neglect, sexuality & intimacy, and loss and grief will be addressed.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course is offered as a distributional practice course within the clinical social work concentration, for student interested in specializing in working with adult and the aging population. It can also serves as a good choice course for student who are interested in certificates in aging or other aging topics.

Why This Course Is Important:

According to Administration on Aging, the older population or persons 65 years or older numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014. People 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040. Based on this data, a course in social work practice with older adult is an essential to handle the growing aging population.