SOCW 5334. FAMILY CAREGIVING & AGING. 3 Hours.
This course will give students an overview of the individual and social impact of family caregiving and aging within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual context and the role(s) of social workers in helping individuals, families, and communities face the contemporary challenges of caregiving. Course content will be underscored by a strengths-based framework and will include the effects of culture on family caregiving, families' process of providing care to persons with chronic and/or complex illness across levels of care (e.g. hospital/rehabilitation/hospice), working with family caregivers within long-term care settings (e.g. nursing homes), dementia caregiving, end of life care as well as evidence-based assessment and intervention with family caregivers. Social services and policy related to effective practice with older adults and family caregivers are also discussed, including innovative and emerging approaches (e.g. technology). Particular attention is given to the intersections of family caregiving with gender, race, sexuality, age, education level, and other aspects of identity. Co-requisite: SOCW 5311. Please note if the co-requisite is not met, the course will be dropped.