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Elder Advocacy: Essential Knowledge and Skills Across Settings 1st Edition

Ruth Huber, H. Wayne Nelson, F. Ellen Netting, Kevin W. Borders

  • Published
  • 304 Pages


This text is for students, practitioners, and others who work with elders. The authors provide a conceptual framework for understanding when and how to use different advocacy strategies and practical methods for intervening when elders need help in negotiating diverse and complex service delivery systems. The overarching goal of the books is to empower both future and practicing advocates by imparting skills that inculcate the self-assurance and capacity to effectively solve client problems in the often highly charged, highly contingent and interactive elder-service environment.

Ruth Huber, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Ruth Huber is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Doctoral Program at the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She has expertise in the National Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, hospice, and advanced directives.

H. Wayne Nelson, Department of Health Sciences, Towson University

H. Wayne Nelson is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Formerly he served as Deputy Director of the Oregon State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for 16 years where he trained and supervised numerous ombudsman volunteers.

F. Ellen Netting, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University

F. Ellen Netting is Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She practiced within the aging network in East Tennessee where she gained expertise in working with elders in diverse community-based settings. Drs. Huber, Nelson, and Netting are Fellows within the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Kevin W. Borders, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Kevin Borders is an Assistant Research Professor at the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville where he directs various grant projects and continues his research on institutional abuse and aging.
  • ELDER ADVOCACY is relevant to practitioners, students, clinicians (persons who work one-on-one and with families) as well as macro practitioners who focus their efforts in the organizational, community, and policy arenas.
  • The focus of the text is on the how to of dealing with complex situations in which elders and/or their allies, surrogates, and advocates often find themselves.
  • The authors devote attention to the needs of culturally diverse clients as well as ethical decision-making.
  • More specifically, the goals are to show helping professionals and others how to (a) conceptualize difficult situations, and (b) select strategies and tactics that will facilitate their being more effective advocates for our nation's elderly.
1. Approaching Complex Delivery Systems.
2. Theoretical Frameworks for Understanding Context and Settings.
3. Clarifying Advocacy Roles and Relationships.
4. Assessing Elders' Needs in Context.
5. Investigating and Analyzing Situations.
6. Planning Interventions.
7. Intervening with Individuals.
8. Mobilizing Resources for Macro Interventions.
9. Evaluating Advocacy Outcomes.

"[This] is a very strong and comprehensive text for students who are practicing in the field of aging at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as for students in the foundation year of a graduate program…I am eager to tell my colleagues who teach foundation-level micro and macro practice that this text illustrates many important concepts in social work, with rich case studies. The text is even appropriate for faculty to use who have little or no background or experience in aging…It is written in a style that is comprehensive yet largely easy to read."

"[This] is a much needed text and I think will be welcomed by gerontological educators and practitioners at all levels…I’d describe the text as a needed tool for advocates and a model for other disciplines. It is ’accessible’ from a pedagogical standpoint while presenting in one volume a description of service systems, conflict theories, and advocacy models."

"In summary I learned about the theoretical foundations, types, techniques, and research and documentation roles of elder advocates. Needless to say, I congratulate the authors for combining their years of dedication, passion, and experiences to create this text for elder advocacy. Well over due!"

"The very practical approach offered in this book will be both very appealing and very educational...I have been looking for a very practical book like this to add to my reading list in my course." "I would describe this book as basically a practical book assessing needs of elders and planning strategies to deal with those needs. It is appropriate for both lower and upper division undergraduates who are interested in careers in services to older adults, but also for masters level students who are already working with older adults and who want to increase their skill levels."