Population Aging and Social Work Practice with Older Adults: Demographic and Policy Challenges

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Trends Paper
Amber Feiner
BSHS/305
June/23/2012
Dr. Angela May
Trends Paper

“Living into older ages is changing from an exceptional to an expected part of the life course experience worldwide. Improvement in health and longevity across the lifespan also brings challenges for social work practice. At the same time, these changes are part of population aging trends consist between universal or inevitable. In addition, population aging discourse often reduces the complex dynamics of population aging to a problematic rise in older adults characterized as inactive and dependent. Social workers can challenge the ageist construction of older adults by using clients’ contextualized knowledge of how people age in their social environments. The demographic changes that are anticipated over the next decade magnify the importance of addressing disparities in health status. Different culture currently experiencing poorer health status are expected to grow as a proportion of the total U.S. population; therefore, the future health of America as a whole will be influenced substantially by a helper success in improving the health of these groups. An interest of this society focus on disparities in health status contain particularly important as major changes unfold in the way in which health care is delivered and financed.” “Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health will require enhanced efforts at preventing disease, promoting health and delivering appropriate care, this improves the health care for the aging societies and human services environment in today economies. With the aging of the population and the demographic shift of older adults in the health care system, the emergency department (ED) will be increasingly challenged with complexities of providing care to geriatric patients. The special care needs of older adults unfortunately may not be aligned with the priorities for how ED physical design and care comply rendered. Rapid services and...
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