Aids, older people, and social work

Irene A. Gutheil, Eileen R. Chichin

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The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic is significantly affecting older people. Older people themselves may be HIV positive, or they may be the caregiving spouse, partner, parent, or grandparent of a person with AIDS. In addition, older people may share housing or institutional space with people with AIDS. Concerns about the allocation of long-term care resources may create conflict between the needs of older people and people with AIDS. Social workers are particularly suited to lead the discussion of the impact of AIDS on older people, a role the profession has not yet embraced. Four areas of social work leadership are discussed: education, direct service, research, and advocacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


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