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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Global Aging

Global Aging

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(p.137) 19 Global Aging
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Handbook of International Social Work
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M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad

Moon Choi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0019

Unprecedented population aging is taking place around the world. Both the number and proportion of older persons (sixty years of age and older) have been steadily increasing over the past half century. This chapter discusses the implications of this demographic revolution for social welfare policy and social work practice. Policy challenges include the coverage and cost of pension programs for an increasing number of older people who have retired from the labor market. Challenges also encompass the adequacy and efficiency of health care for citizens who are living longer with chronic illness. Social workers must focus on a growing amount of isolation, abuse, and neglect among their older client group. Social workers also must develop and adapt social development strategies, particularly for elderly clients without pensions or outside of the formal labor market.

Keywords:   population aging, elderly, older people, social work practice, social welfare policy, social workers

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