Frameworks & Strategies

Our Four Core Strategies

Our Conceptual Framework

Advancing the national conversation around aging and work will require the efforts of many disciplines (including social work, economics, public health, psychology, occupational therapy, gerontology, sociology and others) and stakeholder groups (including individuals of all ages, practitioners, for- and not-for-profit organizations, community members, advocates, policymakers and others). Indeed, the topic of aging and work is an expansive one, especially when one considers both paid and unpaid work. However, few integrative models or frameworks have attempted to bring together these diverse perspectives. With a new vision and mission, we are well-positioned to occupy this unique space. Our previous conceptual framework was well-suited to paid work, but less so to other forms of productive engagement. The conceptual model depicted below (Figure 1) defines our intellectual space. The goals of this model are a) to build a more holistic and multilevel picture of the aging and work landscape; b) to guide interventions and future research on aging and work both within and across disciplines; and c) to articulate the Center’s alignment with the vision, mission, and values of the SSW and the University at large. The conceptual framework informs our revised vision and mission.

Conceptual Model of Engagement in Paid and Unpaid Work in Later Life

Conceptual Model of Engagement in Paid and Unpaid Work in Later Life

See article: Matz, C., Sabbath, E. & James, J. (2020). An integrative conceptual framework of engagement in socially-productive activity in later life: Implications for clinical and mezzo social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal [special issue on productive aging], 48, 156–168.