Journal of Gerontological Social Work | Page 2

Ebenezer Cudjoe, Alhassan Abdullah
Undoubtedly, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought both systemic, practice changes and limitations to social workers' commitment to the welfare of vulnerable populations such as older people. A golden preventive rule of the COVID-19 pandemic; maintaining physical and social distancing, has limited social workers' direct practice support for older people who are considered as an at-risk population. Within jurisdictions such as Ghana where kinship care practices are culturally engrained, social workers should promote kinship care support as substitute mechanisms and pathways to safeguard or meet the welfare needs of older people...
April 24, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Margot Trotter Davis, Marji Erickson Warfield, Janet Boguslaw, Dakota Roundtree-Swain, Gretchen Kellogg
There is little research about trauma, financial stress, and social service needs emanating from the experience of parenting grandchildren caused by the opioid crisis in the United States. We conducted a qualitative study with 15 grandparents who currently or in the past had custodial care of their grandchildren. We also interviewed nine issue-related stakeholders in Eastern Massachusetts. Specific inquiries centered on events leading up to a change in guardianship, stressors related to legal, financial, and family issues, and system-wide response to the grandparents' needs...
April 22, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Nancy Kusmaul, Sandy Butler, Sally Hageman
The home care industry experiences similar problems with the recruitment and retention of direct care workers (DCWs) as those faced by institutions, and it is important to identify strategies to help retain and grow this important workforce. The empowerment of DCWs has been shown to be an effective strategy for increasing job satisfaction and decreasing turnover in nursing homes but has not been studied in home care. Using Kanter's organizational theory of empowerment, including structural empowerment (structure of opportunity, access to resources, access to information, and access to support) and psychological empowerment (meaning, competence, self-determination or autonomy, and impact) this study examined whether home care workers (HCWs) feel empowered in carrying out their jobs...
April 14, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Matthew L Schwartz
In Elaine Theresa Jurkowski, Ph.D., MSW's Policy and Program Planning for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: Practice Realities and Visions , the reader will find a well-sourced, well laid out, and well-organized text and reference manual that walks the reader, from start to finish, through the formation of policy as it relates to Older Adults and People with Disabilities.
April 14, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
De-Hui Ruth Zhou, Suet-Lin Hung, Temmy Lee Ting Lo
This study aims to assess the effectiveness of peer support groups for low-income older adults' caregivers in the Hong Kong community. It compares the effectiveness of peer support groups on spouse and adult children caregivers. The peer support program was structured into three stages, including six training sessions for peer specialists, eight caregiver support group sessions, and non-structured informal contact. The study adopted a quasi-experiment design supplemented with qualitative data collected from focused group interviews...
April 8, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Todd D Becker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 6, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Nayeli Perez, Teresa Cisneros, Stacy Missari
This research study implements photovoice methodology with unexpected caregivers to illuminate the lived experiences of female grandparents and relative caregivers who are raising young children in the later stages of their life. As they enter older adulthood, grandmothers are increasingly finding themselves taking care of their children's children for various reasons, including, but not limited to, their adult child's incarceration, mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, or child abuse or neglect...
April 2, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Hoimonty Mazumder, Md Mahbub Hossain, Anupom Das
Geriatric care in public health emergencies is a serious concern, while, high case-fatalities among older adults across the globe in COVID-19 pandemic implies lack of preparedness. Most of the countries irrespective of developing and developed one enormously struggling because of an inchoate response system ignorant of geriatric health needs. Therefore, a robust approach is highly essential that requires an integrated emergency preparedness by addressing geriatric care.
March 26, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Adam Quinn
As baby boomers continue to enter older adulthood in the coming decades, research suggests that this cohort is expected to exhibit changes in alcohol usage and treatment need patterns compared to previous older-adult cohorts. The literature suggests that unmet alcohol treatment need may be related to denial of treatment need among baby boomers who possess a diagnosable alcohol-use disorder (AUD). Therefore, this study explores potential risk and protective factors predicting alcohol-use among baby boomers who d\eny treatment need at two time periods...
March 22, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Jie Yang
Guided by Jahoda's Latent Deprivation Theory, this study examined whether engaging in formal volunteering could moderate the negative impact of unemployment on older workers' mental health. This study also explored the optimal intensity/hours of volunteering required to have a positive effect. This study analyzed six waves (12 years) of longitudinal data from the Health and Retirement Study using fixed effects modeling. The outcome variable was depressive symptoms, and the independent variables were labor force status and volunteering status...
March 19, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Marcia Spira, Nathan H Perkins, Alicia H Gilman
Older adults who are the victims of previous physical and emotional sibling violence may be more vulnerable to acts of elder abuse. Research establishes that elder abuse is traumatic, as is sibling violence. However, little is known regarding the likelihood of victims of sibling violence becoming victims of elder abuse. To date, no research has identified the trauma associated with sibling violence to be a risk factor for experiencing elder abuse. This conceptual article describes the potential influence of trauma due to sibling violence on later vulnerability to elder abuse...
March 2, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle Putnam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Emily Rubin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Natalie D Pope, Susan Buchino, Sarah Ascienzo
People experiencing homelessness often have a history of trauma, and losing one's home is a traumatic event. The trauma of living in emergency shelters and on the streets uniquely impacts older adults, whose experiences of homelessness increase the likelihood of multiple health conditions and premature aging. This paper includes data from 18 men, aged 50 and older, who had experienced multiple instances of homelessness, as part of a larger study to understand the return path to homelessness from permanent housing...
February 29, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Joe Strong
Dementia of any type is incurable and treatment is primarily focused on slowing its progression and managing symptoms, typically accomplished through a combination of medication and lifestyle factors. Social workers are uniquely positioned to suggest new and innovative strategies for improving the quality of life. Technology opens a variety of options, and virtual reality is one of the more recent additions to the available toolkit. This review describes the state of the literature as it relates to the use of immersive virtual reality technology with persons with dementia...
February 24, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Stephan Geyer, Liebie Louw
Appropriate gerontological social work services are, amongst others, dependent on social workers' knowledge of and attitudes toward older persons. The current cohort of students, known as Generation Z, are global citizens. This study determined and described South African undergraduate social work students' knowledge of and attitudes toward older persons. A cross-sectional survey was undertaken with B Social Work students ( N  = 395) at two universities. Data collection included the three scales of Palmore's First Facts of Aging Quiz in multiple-choice format (1996) and four scales of Fraboni's Scale of Agism (1990)...
January 21, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Ihab Girgis
This qualitative study explores and describes the protective factors and processes that foster resilience and buffer psychosocial distress among later-life Egyptian immigrants post immigration to the US. Open-ended structured interviews were conducted with (30) later-life Egyptian immigrants who came to the United States after turning 60 years of age. Thematic analysis was used to analyze patterns within the data. The findings of this study reveal that the availability and utilization of psychosocial resources - due to opportunities embedded in their sociocultural context and coping strategies embedded in their individual strengths and cultural or religious beliefs - play a pivotal role in buffering the losses and acculturative stressors triggered by transitioning to a new environment...
January 16, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Christina E Miyawaki, Nai-Wei Chen, Oanh L Meyer, Mindy Thy Tran, Kyriakos S Markides
Vietnamese are the largest Asian ethnic group in Houston, Texas; however, research on this population is scarce. To address this dearth of knowledge, we developed the Vietnamese Aging and Care Survey . The objective of the study was to explore the sociodemographic and health characteristics of Vietnamese adults aged 65 years and older (n = 132) and their family caregivers (n = 64). Adult-child caregivers (n = 41) were aged between 21 and 65 years old. The majority were married, working, female, and in good to excellent health...
January 3, 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Sol Baik
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January 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Michelle Putnam
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January 2020: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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