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Committee and Task Force Highlights - Gerontological Social Work Commitee

The Gerontology Committee is committed to offering programs with key geriatric practitioners, up-to-date research, journalists, advocates, authors and others. We seek to provide programs that will be of interest to all levels of social workers: from those who have been practicing in the field to those who are in social work school and are considering entering Geriatric Social Work.

Those of us who work in the field of Geriatric Social Work, know how interesting and rewarding it can be. We understand that it will be the area of social work which will expand the most in the coming decades. However, today’s work force issues must be addressed now. It is a well-known demographic event that the baby boomer generation has reached age 65; they are now “seniors.” In social work as in other areas of our society, we are not prepared for the future needs of this enormous population.

Geriatric Social Work provides opportunities for creative thinking and changes in service delivery, programs and alternatives to the ways people are served now. The geriatric population of the coming years is not the same as in the past, their needs will be different and the work will be different.

Listed below are some very interesting and stimulating programs which we have planned this year; for more information on each event, please consult the Chapter website at or call 212.668.0050. We hope that you will join us.

Beth Finkel and Susan Birenbaum , Co-Chairs
NASW-NYC Gerontology Committee

January 11: Panel with Henry Goldschmidt of the Interfaith Center, who will look at how religious traditions inform the work with older adults. This will be a multi-religious panel which will include a therapist, a pastor/counselor and a social worker. The event will be hosted at The Lighthouse from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

February/Early March: Panel Discussion: “Work Force Issues: Future of the Aging,” with NASW National President, Jeane Anastas, PhD, LMSW and AARP’s Director of Academic Affairs, Harry Moody, PhD.

April 19: Deirdre Downes, Director of Social Work, Jewish Home LifeCare Manhattan and End of Life Panel. The event will be hosted at Jewish Home and Hospital from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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