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Elder Practice

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Working With Older Adults in the Community

Terry Tirrito, Ilene Nathanson, and Nieli Langer

Published: Jul 1 1996






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The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

A blueprint for meeting the chronic, comprehensive needs of aging community members

Elder Practice addresses an issue of increasing interest to the spectrum of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers who work with the elderly—how to serve the rapidly expanding population of older adults who spend their later years as member of the community rather than as residents of an institutional facility. In this innovative volume, a team of social work professionals proposes a model that affords these adults the same coordinated care traditionally found in institutional settings.

The authors call for collaboration among the private practitioners, agencies, and volunteer organizations; enumerate the myriad problems—health, legal, financial, spiritual, and social—that affect elderly adults; and offer practical guidance on how to assess client problems, establish referral networks, and maintain collaborative linkages.

Terry Tirrito is assistant professor in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.

Ilene Nathanson is associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, School of Public Service, Long Island University.

Nieli Langer is associate professor and director of the Social Gerontology Program at the School of Nursing, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas.

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