Gerontological social work is social work practice with older adults - primarily focused on maintaining and enhancing their quality of life. Gero-social work includes attention to physical, social, familial, cultural, community, and societal factors that serve as barriers to well-being of older adults and their families.
"By 2020, one in six Americans are projected to be age 65 and older, with the most dramatic growth among those over age 85, elders of color, and women." (CSWE Gero-Ed Center, 2011). These demographic changes will, in turn, lead to a need for social workers with interest, education, and experience working with older adults and their families.
AEA Scholars come together with faculty, alumni/ae, and community members who specialize in aging, in a two-year program of coursework that includes:
AEA Scholars will take the following electives:
The AEA Scholars program was piloted through a generous grant from the Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Center Specialized Gerontology Program, and is sustained through support from the School of Social Work.
The HPPAE program provides an opportunity to explore geriatric social work as part of the foundation year of the MSW curriculum. Specifically, the program offers:
Who can apply?
Accepted Regular Standing students interested in gero-social work practice and planning to complete their foundation placement in summer block format. Advanced Standing students are not eligible.
Click here for the HPPAE information document.