Gerontology Social Work

Social workers in the aging field work in nursing homes, senior centers, NORCs, hospitals, hospices, and other settings.

The New Social Worker's book review of Old and High: A Guide to Understanding the Neuroscience and Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Baby Boom Adults’ Substance Use, Abuse, and Misuse Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of Older, Wiser, Shorter by Jane Seskin, reviewed by Linda May Grobman. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with vibrant and active older adults. I’ve witnessed countless times how critical the importance of human relationships and connection is for elders. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

Book review of Narratives on Positive Aging: Recipes for Success. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Many aging families struggle with the uncertain future of keeping aging parents safe and comfortable. Social workers can assist them in sorting out the realities of their unique family circumstances. Read more

Practice Focusing on Elder Abuse in Advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

Expert information on how to prevent elder abuse and recognize and respond to the problem when it does occur will be highlighted on, an online medical reference, during the first half of June. Read more

Social Work News

While she was certainly a challenge, and not at all what I envisioned, Ms. B taught me that I should strive to enter any new client situation with perseverance, patience, compassion, empathy, and maybe a few emergency butter packets. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

I was informed that Ms. Ellen was actively passing away and that her family was unable to make it to be at her bedside. As I sat with Ms. Ellen, I held her hand, letting her know she was not alone. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017 2 Comments

Memories of a grandmother who had Alzheimer's Disease. A poem by Lauren Orlofsky, social work student at Michigan State University. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2016

Get Into the Act - The Older Americans Act Turns 50

This year marks a milestone in the history of how the U.S. supports its older citizens. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. For 50 years, the OAA has provided the nation with programs for older Americans. Read more

Social Work News

A story of loss, change, growing older, and difficult family conversations Read more

Social Work Month 2015 2 Comments

North Carolina State University social work student Sierra Stanford interviews her grandmother and two aunts about their lives. Read more

Social Work Month 2015

Although Americans move about and resettle more than people from any other country, the trend for current elders and baby boomers is to reside in their original communities as they age. In fact, the trend of “aging in place” has raised more and more Read more


The opportunities for gerontological social workers seem extensive. As we devote our talents to health and homeostasis of every system, let us remember a poignant one liner of George Burns, a most famous and clever centagenerian: “I look to the Read more

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It seems nearly inevitable that anyone who becomes a social worker will eventually end up functioning as the “resource” person for their family and friends, particularly when something happens to them that they are sure you just might know something Read more

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The book Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers highlights 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 Read more

Social Work Books

I wanted to explore a career path where I could make a difference not just in someone’s life, but also in their day. The Hartford Foundation’s Practicum Partnership Program (PPP) seemed like a great opportunity to explore something new. Read more

Field Placement

Aging is often viewed as the central component behind memory decline found in older adults. Intuitively, it appears quite straightforward; aging leads to memory decline. Yet, when problems in older adult memory happen, is the attribution of the aging Read more



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