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Tag Archives: aging

NASW announces the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

NASW is pleased to announce the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults, designed to enhance social work practice with family caregivers of older adults and to help the public understand the role of professional social work in supporting family caregivers. The standards were developed as part of Professional Partners Supporting Family ... Read More »

President Obama Signs National Hospice Month Proclamation

President Obama declared November 2010 as National Hospice Month.  Here is more information from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. For Immediate Release: November 1, 2010President Obama Signs National Hospice Month Proclamation as the Hospice Community Works to Better Serve Veterans at Life’s End (Alexandria, Va) – In a proclamation issued from the White House, President Obama declared November ... Read More »

Social Security Administration Webinar: Applying Online for Disability Benefits

On Wednesday October 6, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. EDT., the Social Security Administration will host a national webinar to discuss the enhanced online disability application.  The application is designed to reduce the time it takes to file for disability benefits. You are invited to participate in this webinar – Applying Online for Disability Benefits.  Join us at www.socialsecurity.gov, as they discuss the ... Read More »

Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform Campaign Begins

The Affordable Care Act contains many provisions that strengthen the Medicare program. However, polling data recently released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of older Americans, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, reveal that many seniors are still confused by the new law, including the ... Read More »

Gerontological Social Work Resources Available

Although the National Institute on Aging predicts 70,000 social workers will be needed by 2020, a study by the NASW Center for Workforce Studies found that only 9% of licensed social workers in the United States identify aging as their primary practice area. A 2008 report of the Institute of Medicine underscored the need for gerontological social work education and ... Read More »

NASW Requests Comments on Draft Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

Draft available for public review and comment. Family caregivers constitute the foundation of care for older adults but often provide such care at risk to their own health and well-being. Social workers across practice settings play a critical role in supporting family caregivers at the individual, family, group, community, and organizational levels. To view the standards and submit comments, visit ... Read More »

NASW Supports Push to Help Families Meet Caregiving Obligations

Today the President’s Middle Class Task Force released its annual report with significant recommendations that would provide support for families.   Chaired by Vice-President Joe Biden with social worker Dr. Jared Bernstein serving as Executive Director, recommendations were categorized in the following four areas: Protecting Workers and Creating Middle Class Jobs Retirement Security Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities Pathways to the ... Read More »

Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Home Care Professionals Released

NASW Plays Key Role in Developing Recommendations Social workers and other providers caring for individuals with dementia in their homes will find a valuable resource in Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Professionals Working in a Home Setting, released by the Alzheimer’s Association this November in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The document is the fourth in a series ... Read More »

NASW Endorses National Report Advocating For Care Of Chronic Pain

Recommendations Include Social Work Training and Mental Health Parity In November 2009, a panel of experts released a report calling for increased interdisciplinary training on pain care and other systemic reforms to improve treatment of chronic pain throughout the United States. The panel was convened by the Mayday Fund, a family foundation dedicated to reducing human suffering caused by pain. ... Read More »

Culture Change in Nursing Homes: Considerations and Questions for Social Workers

Culture change—the shift from institutional models of care toward consumer-directed, socially oriented models—is a growing movement in long-term care communities across the United States and beyond. Culture change, also known as person-centered care, presents new opportunities and challenges for social workers, especially those working in nursing homes. Although many social workers have written about culture change and, indeed, have been ... Read More »