Editors: Marcia Spira, Teresa Kilbane

Older Women: Current and Future Challenges of Professionals with an Aging Population

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Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-68108-350-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-349-0 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810834901160101


Older Women: Current and Future Challenges of Professionals With An Aging Population is about older women and the unique challenges they face now and in coming decades. Elderly women face problems that require response from multiple service providers in the social welfare, health care and legal sectors. Due to the complexity of the various issues and the multi-systemic responses required to address these problems among diverse groups, an interdisciplinary perspective in a multicultural context needs to be examined. This book is an attempt to explain the multidisciplinary facets of social work with elderly women. Readers are also introduced to the ethical issues and challenges caused by economic disparities and are also provided with guidelines on potential responses and intervention strategies to such difficulties. Readers are also introduced to the concept of cultural competence in terms of working with aged women. The integration of theory, research and practice in this book makes it a valuable resource for academicians and working professionals who are or will be in frequent contact with older adults.


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Robyn L. Golden
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Teresa Kilbane
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Teresa Kilbane
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List of Contributors

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Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: Balancing Burdens and Blessings

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Sacha M. Coupet, Qiana R. Cryer-Coupet
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Caregiving Responsibilities of Older Women for Chronically Ill and Disabled Family Members

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Deborah J. Monahan
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Older Women at the Edge: Economic Disparities of Older Women

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Christine George, Julie Hilvers, Susan Grossman
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Healthcare Disparities and Older Women

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Jeanne E. Sokolec
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Why Doesn’t Anyone Ask? Myths and Taboos about Older Women and Sexuality

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Marcia Spira, Constance Sheehan, Alysha Primmer
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Substance Abuse Among Older Women

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John Orwat, Amanda Besinger, Elizabeth Morgan
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Defining Abuse in Older Women: Voices of the Professionals in Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence

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Teresa Kilbane
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Spirituality and Older Women: The Journey Home to Self

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Holly Nelson-Becker, M. Carlean Gilbert
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Methodological Challenges in Conducting Surveys with Mature Women

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Dianne Rucinski
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The Need for Connection: The Role of Groups in the Lives of Older Women

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Shirley R. Simon, Marcia Spira
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Well-Being and Health Considerations for the Aging Lesbian Community: Understanding Age Cohorts, Partnerships, Caregiving and Other Unique Needs

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Michael P. Dentato, Shelley L. Craig, Lauren B. McInroy
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Reducing Stigma of Aging and Dementia through Experiential Learning

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Darby Morhardt
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Subject Index

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