External Resources for Gero-Social Work

Research in Aging Websites

AARP’s AgeLine Database
AgeLine contains references and original abstracts to material related to aging, middle age, and the elderly. Topics covered include psychology, public policy, healthcare, business, gerontology, consumer issues.

AgingStats.gov – Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
The Forum encourages collaboration among twelve federal agencies to improve the quality and usefulness of data on the aging population.

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA)
The CDHA at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is one of eleven P30 demography centers on aging sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Major research themes include: midlife development and aging, economics of population aging, inequalities in health and aging, and international comparative studies of health and aging.

National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)
By preserving and making available the largest library of electronic data on aging in the United States, NACDA offers opportunities for secondary analysis on major issues of scientific and policy relevance.

PubMed
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950’s. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for the US Census Bureau and the most recent census information. Subject: “Age”

Research and Reports

2008 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report:
Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce
This report proposes a three-pronged approach to provide older adults and their families with the best possible healthcare, one of which is to increase the competence of all individuals in geriatric health care delivery via “significant enhancements in educational curricula and training programs.” The Gero-Ed Center’s curricular infusion programs are congruent with the IOM recommendation; these programs provide faculty the tools to infuse gero competencies, content, and teaching resources in foundation and generalist curriculum with the aim of preparing all social work graduates with foundation gerontological competencies.
IOM Report (when page opens, click the blue “Sign In” button to download a free PDF report)
IOM Fact Sheet: Retooling for an Aging America (April 2008)

State of the Science: Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregiving
A report entitled “State of the Science: Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregivers” was published through the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) and the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). Full-text articles from JSWE are available online. The AJN edition is also available on the AJN Family Caregiving web page. These projects were made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.
Caregiving Report

Blueprint for Measuring Social Work’s Contribution to Psychosocial Care in Nursing Homes: Results of a National Conference
In December 2004, a working conference of leaders from policy, government, social work, psychiatry, and nursing met to develop a plan to improve psychosocial care in nursing homes. This working conference, organized by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW), was funded by a grant to IASWR from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Blueprint for Measuring

Resources on Careers in Gero-Social Work

The following collections of links will help you research jobs in gerontological social work.

Job Listings and Tips
Government Agencies
Professional Organizations
Policy and Aging-focused Organizations

American Society on Aging
National Organizations
State and Regional Organizations
ASA Member Sites

Gerontological Society of America
Foundations Supporting Research on Aging
State, Regional & International Aging Societies

National Academy on an Aging Society
Aging-Related Web Sites

Social Work Leadership Institute of the New York Academy of Medicine
Aging and Workforce Links