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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Older Adults Suffering From Significant Dementia

Older Adults Suffering From Significant Dementia

(p.117) 10 Older Adults Suffering From Significant Dementia
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Ronald W. Toseland

Michael Parker

Oxford University Press

Dementia is very difficult to cope with because it affects both mental and physical functioning progressively, until death. Dementing illnesses have been called “the most feared and devastating disorder of later life”. This chapter provides an overview of the social work role in the care of persons with dementia. The social work role is to provide services and support to persons with dementia in order to help them cope with the disease. These services also extend to family members and to those who care for persons with dementia.

Keywords:   dementia, aging, elderly, social work practice

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