Human Services for Older Adults provides a broad overview of the conditions and context in which today's older adults live, as well as practical information on how to work with them given today's circumstances. Information is provided on the demographic characteristics of older people in America, discussing social, economic, and health problems confronting them and the needs of subgroups among the elderly population such as minority elderly, rural elderly, and older women. The book also provides information on various methods of working with older adults, and social programs available through the government, as well as other sources for meeting the needs of the elderly. The revised edition of a popular text, it is geared toward nurses, social workers, psychologists, gerontologists, counselors, and others who work in senior adult positions and settings.
Dr. Anita S. Harbert has been the Director of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University for the past ten years. Previously, she taught courses in social gerontology and was the Director of the University Center on Aging at West Virginia University. She is known internationally for her work in gerontology and has social work practice experience in the field of aging.
Leon H. Ginsberg is Carolina Research Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. As an educator, he also served as Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System, as dean of the West Virginia University School of Social Work, and as a professor at the University of Oklahoma. He has also worked as a human services provider as Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Human Services, as chair of the West Virginia Commision on Aging, and as a social worker with people of all ages in New Orleans and Tulsa.