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Social Work Today
E-Newsletter    January 2023
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Editor's E-Note

It’s been a struggle for decades to interest social work students in gerontology and to give them access to adequate training to meet the needs of older adults. At the University of Pennsylvania, a study demonstrates that integrated stimulation training does both.

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Raising the Bar in Gerontological Social Work Education

By Josh Hildebrand

A gap in clinical social work education in gerontology leaves an aging population without adequate care. Simulation training can help.

It’s well documented that people are living longer than in previous generations. According to a study published in 2009, there’s been a roughly 30-year increase in lifespan in western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and larger increases in Japan, Spain, and Italy1—changes that may be attributable to healthier habits such as less smoking, more exercising, and improved diets.

While older adults in places such as the United States are trending healthier, with age may come frailty, weakness, a greater likelihood of developing chronic conditions and diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, and a higher risk of injuries from falls and other accidents. Physicians can diagnose and treat these conditions, but what happens afterward? What options are available for continued support and aid?

The answer? Social workers. Or that should be the answer—if it weren’t for a shortage of social workers interested in working with older adults and a lack of training for those who are interested.



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