The number of older people, particularly those over 85, is growing, and they need more assistance to remain active and independent. Well-trained, aging-savvy social workers serve as "navigators" and "expediters," empowering older adults and families to understand and choose among the bewildering array of available health and social services. They also provide counseling and direct services, facilitate family support, and coordinate care delivered through professional systems.
The Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI) is
collaborating with social work programs, organizations and
other funders around the country to prepare needed,
aging-savvy social workers and improve the care and well-being
of older adults and their families.
The Challenges that Face an Aging Workforce Moving Forward
As the world population ages so does the workforce. Older workers provide a plethora of benefits to the companies and organizations they work for including vast organizational knowledge, advanced skillsets, and leadership skills. However, many older adults experience challenges in the work place or during a job search; new technologies, younger coworkers, and ageism are just a few of the speed bumps that can potentially cause an older adult to veer off of their chosen career path or remain jobless. Since working provides mental stimulation, socialization, financial stability and a sense of self-worth to many older adults it is important to provide them with the means to achieve their professional goals. To learn more check out the resources below and be sure to keep an eye out for this month’s edition of Ripples! Not subscribed? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Challenges of an Aging American Workforce
AARP: Ageism Rampant in NYC for those 50+
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Profile on Older Workers
The Benefits of an Aging Workforce
Ripples, the e-newsletter of the Geriatric Social Work Initiative: December edition, The U.S. Workforce's Keystone: Older Adults. Click here for our latest issue.
*NEW* Hartford Change AGEnts Launch was an Outstanding Success!
A big thank you to all who joined us for the Change AGEnts launch at the GSA Annual Meeting on November 22nd! It was a fantastic evening with lots of great energy and conversations about improving care for older adults. We'll be sharing more details about the event and next steps for the initiative in the coming weeks and months, but in the meantime, enjoy these photos from the event. (And tag yourself if you're in one, please!) You can also follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #changeagents365.
Three New Centers to Focus on Enhanced Geriatric Social Work Training
The Hartford/GSA National Center on Gerontological Social Work Excellence has named Hunter College, the University of Southern California, and the University of Washington as the newest locations of Hartford Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. Among these centers’ many activities, they will focus on building relationships with local health and social service professionals, and form regional consortia of social work field agencies serving older adults to support skill-building opportunities for personnel. To learn more read the full press release.
Become a Change AGEnt and Put Your Geriatrics Expertise to Work
The John A. Hartford Foundation announces a new Initiative for all alumni. As you may know, two years ago the Hartford Foundation engaged in a strategic planning process which has led to transition from their signature faculty development and other academic programs to a more downstream, practice-centered focus. In order to make the change, the Foundation knows it is vital to build on their greatest asset: the incredibly passionate and expert people who have been part of Hartford-funded efforts over the past 20 years. Take a moment to read this latest HealthAGEnda Blog post authored by Rachael Watman, Hartford Foundation Officer. She explains more about this exciting new initiative and encourages you to become a Change AGEnt.
APA Resource to Assist Family Caregivers
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) web-based resource titled the Family Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists can be used to assist family caregivers through individual and organizational practice, research, teaching, advocacy and community service. It is also useful for other professionals who work with family caregivers, psychologists facing caregiving challenges within their own families, and caregivers themselves. Briefcase components include: Caregiving facts and figures, strategies for reaching family caregivers, caregiving interventions, assessment tools and much more. The Briefcase was developed by the members of the 2010 APA Presidential Task Force on Caregivers.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Essential Element in Geriatric Social Work
Gerontology is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary science. Social workers in gerontology often work together with many other types of professionals including nurses, physicians, policymakers, and administrators. How are social workers important to interdisciplinary collaboration? See: GSWI's Own Interdisciplinary Collaboration Page & The Hartford Foundation Report on Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research.
health AGEnda - The John A. Hartford Foundation Blog
Keep up to date with the latest in the aging and the broader conversation around health, health care and health policy with the Hartford Foundation blog - health AGEnda.
The Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
publication by Dr. Barbara Berkman: The Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging. Click
here to order a copy.
Action Briefs of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work
Initiative are now available: