Gerontological Social Work and the Grand Challenges: Focusing on Policy and Practice


  • Sara Sanders
  • Stacey R. Kolomer
  • Cheryl Waites Spellman
  • Victoria M. Rizzo

The growing number of older adults in the United States poses a significant challenge to families, healthcare systems, mental health services, and many other caregiving groups. Using the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative as a framework, this text evaluates critical policies and issues pertaining to older adults, identifying both the overall systemic inequalities currently working against older adults as well as specific areas that require updated policies and interventions. It calls for active attention to the implementation of science-based research, policy, and practices to promote health and well-being.

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