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KU Course: SW 833

Man Holding Two Buckets with SunsetThe KU School of Social Welfare offers a concentration course addressing social work with older adults as well as a variety of aging practicum settings to suit your interests.

Social Welfare 833: Social Work and Aging will prepare students for a variety of job settings as well as expose them to multi-disciplinary and multi-generational aspects of gerontological social work. Social Welfare 833: Social Work and Aging is constructed to incorporate a broad range of knowledge and skills pertaining to social work with older adults.

You can find resources on Social Work Careers in Aging at The Geriatric Social Work Initiative and The National Association on Social Workers. Geriatric social work ranks as one of the top 20 careers in terms of growth potential. The number of older people, particularly those over 85, is growing, and they need more assistance to remain active and independent. Well-trained, aging-savvy social workers serve as "navigators" and "expediters," empowering older adults and families to understand and choose among the bewildering array of available health and social services. They also provide counseling and direct services, facilitate family support, and coordinate care delivered through professional systems. Visit Profiles in SW to see other people's personal stories of working in geriatric social work.

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