As the workforce ages, and older adults find the period of post-retirement grow significantly, it is becoming increasingly critical to understand how to keep older adults physically active, engaged, and embedded in social networks and communities »
The Older Adults & Families concentration will prepare you to serve the fastest growing segment of the population—adults over age 65—and their families. You will learn to integrate Clinical and Macro practices as you work with your clients and the social policies and programs that affect their lives.
Our courses encompass the broad range of health, mental health, and community services for older adults, specifically those services that help those who "age in place." You will learn the policy and advocacy functions of local, state, and national aging networks and examine ways social policy will need to respond to the growing political influence of this population.
Our graduates provide services along the continuum of care from independent living in the community to the specialized needs of older adults in rehabilitation and health care settings. Area agencies on aging, agencies serving older adults with Alzheimer's Disease and their families, and community health centers are examples of careers our graduates pursue.
The Older Adults & Families concentration offers a select group of students a unique opportunity to participate in the Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE). This program utilizes enriched field placements, including integrative seminars at community agencies, participation in community service projects, financial aid to students in the concentration, and special training opportunities. Students must apply for the HPPAE program at the time they declare Older Adults & Families as their concentration.
Required courses include:
SCWK 8823 Practice in Health and Mental Health Settings with Older Adults
SCWK 8802 Policy for an Aging Society: Issues and Options
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