Aging and End of Life Care

Social work research in the area of aging or gerontology includes mental health, the health consequences of aging, family caregiving, aging in diverse communities, prevention, service delivery structures, social work interventions, autonomy, and social workers as members of interdisciplinary teams. It may also include end-of-life care, but this area also encompasses hospice/palliative care, the role of the social worker in caring for the seriously ill, improving quality of life, support systems, difficult decision making, and help in dealing with trauma, grief, and loss.