Strengthening Aging Families: Diversity in Practice and Policy

Strengthening Aging Families: Diversity in Practice and Policy


Edited by Gregory C. Smith, Edited by Sheldon S. Tobin, Edited by Elizabeth Anne Robertson-Tchabo, Edited by Paul W. Power

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 214mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 6 April 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 0803954255
  • ISBN 13: 9780803954250
  • Edition statement: New.

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This book examines how to strengthen the family system while improving the psychosocial well-being of each family member. It describes diverse issues faced by ageing families, the effects these issues have on individual family members and the entire family unit, and methods of strengthening family functioning. The contributors emphasize the diversity that exists in families, looking at divergence within the classic family form as well as examining newly emerging family structures such as gay and lesbian families. Extending beyond counselling and therapy for ageing families, the book proposes preventative techniques aimed at building competencies and explores how policy intersects with family practice.

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Table of contents

Foreword - Nancy K Schlossberg Introduction PART ONE: ASSISTING FAMILIES WITH NORMATIVE CONCERNS Supporting the Family in Elder Care - Ronald W Toseland, Gregory C Smith and Phillip McCallion Fostering Family Involvement in Institutional Care - Sheldon S Tobin Strengthening Sibling Relationships in Later Years - Victor G Cicirelli PART TWO: HELPING FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS Confronting Maltreatment of Elders by Their Family - Jordan I Kosberg and Juanita L Garcia Assisting Older Families of Adults with Lifelong Disabilities - Gregory C Smith, Sheldon S Tobin and Elise M Fullmer Challenging Biases against Families of Older Gays and Lesbians - Elise M Fullmer PART THREE: RECOGNIZING SELECT FAMILY DYNAMICS Understanding Intergenerational Issues in the Aging Family System - Paul W Power Facilitating Health Care Decisions within Aging Families - Evelyn Bata and Paul W Power Achieving Intimacy in Late Life Marriages - Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Erin Cassidy Appreciating Ethnicity among Aging Families - Tom Johnson PART FOUR: A SYNTHESIS OF INTERVENTIONS FOR AGING FAMILIES Diversity of Direct Practice - Sheldon S Tobin and Paul W Power Preventive Strategies to Building Competencies - Gregory C Smith Policy Issues Related to Later Life Families - Timothy H Brubaker and Ellie Brubaker