Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers : 44 Professionals Tell Stories From


Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers : 44 Professionals Tell Stories From "Real-Life" Social Work Practice With Older Adults



Edited by Linda May Grobmen and Dara Bergel Bourassa.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Trevor Gates: Field placement in geriatric case management.

This book, like its predecessors Days in the Lives of Social Workers and More Days in the Lives of Social Workers, highlights the experiences of social workers through first-person narratives. This volume focuses on professional social work in direct and indirect practice with and on behalf of older adults. The contributors to this book are social workers at the BSW, MSW, and doctoral levels. Gerontological social work is a growing and exciting practice specialty! The stories told by these gerontological social workers will transform your thinking about what this type of work entails. You will gain a better understanding of the issues facing older adults and their social workers, and you may be inspired to pursue this career path. This engaging collection will make a welcome supplement to the theory found in traditional textbooks. Organizations, Web sites, additional readings, and a glossary of terms are included to assist you in further exploring these areas of social work practice. Photographs by social worker/photographer Marianne Gontarz York are featured to expand your visual images of real people as they grow older.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Harrisburg, Penn. : White Hat Communications, c2007.

313 p. : illustrations ; 22 cm.


Geriatrics | Social Work


Social Work


Located in Drake Library at: HV1451 .D39 2007

CONTENTS: Blessings of meals on wheels / Kay A. Long -- Adult protective services / Mary Jo Garcia Biggs -- Working with immigrants in a community senior center / Jinsheng (Jane) Qiu -- When the white cane comes in handy : helping older adults navigate the health care system / Karen Zgoda -- Geriatric community care management / Susan J. Harper -- Community senior services / Debra Hartley -- Best practices in a community setting / Karen V. Graziano -- Day in the life of a NORC / Man Wai Alice Lun -- Gas masks, self-affirmation, and war in Israel / Patricia Levy -- Firsts : Mrs. Blue visits the ER / Gary E. Bachman -- Social work in outpatient rehabilitation / Karen Horwitz Rubin -- Hospital social work : a fast-paced environment / Dara Bergel Bourassa -- Welcome to geriatrics! Life as a VA social worker / Denice Goodrich Liley -- Do unto others : life lessons learned as a medical social worker / Marian Swindell -- Typical day in home health / Gary B. Schwartz -- Day in the life of a hospice social worker / Sally Hill Jones -- Need for hospice social workers in skilled nursing facilities / Renee R. Adams -- Social work in a nursing home / Heidi Hovis -- Mount / Laurie Silvia -- Life as a nursing home administrator / Erica Holman -- Investigative social work : the nursing home surveyor / Kimberly McClure Cassie -- Day in the life of an ombudsman / Della Govea Sanchez -- Long term care ombudsman : another perspective / Laura N. Norman -- Working with geriatric inpatients in acute mental health / Thomas Horn -- Stella's orchestra : social work in rural geriatric mental health / Mary Pat Sullivan -- Social work at the Alzheimer's Association / C. Michelle Niedens -- Parkinson's disease and social work practice / Christina L. Erickson -- Social work perspective on geriatric addictions / Nicole Sarette MacFarland -- Working with homeless older adults / Kelly Mills-Dick -- Tapping into the creative parts : art therapy with older adults / Jennifer Clements -- Integrative touch and the 15-minute StressOut / Gerald W. Vest -- Win-win partnership : intergenerational social work / Joann T. Jarolmen -- Social work in a law firm / Roseanne Tzitzouris -- Geriatric care management in private practice / Andrea Shankman Eisenstein -- Caregiver psychoeducational support groups : gerontological social work in business and industry / Emma Giordano Quartaro -- Community organizing in state government / Dale K. Laninga -- Gray and gay: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aging / Lisa Krinsky -- Field placement in geriatric case management / Trevor Gates -- Graduate student's experience in the Hartford Practicum Partnership Program / Kathryn C. MacLean -- Learning the ropes as a BSW intern / Karen L. Sheriff -- Teaching aging by concept and example / Cynthia Garthwait -- One day in the life of a qualitative researcher / Dorothy C. Stratton -- Racism oral history / Grantlin Schafer -- Centenarians in India : secrets to long life / Murali D. Nair.

Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers : 44 Professionals Tell Stories From