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Kaplan, D. B., & Berkman, B. (2011). Dementia care: A global concern and social work challenge. International Social Work, 54(3), 361-373. doi:10.1177/0020872810396255

This article reviews the growing care needs of individuals with dementia and their caregivers and explores the current and potential roles for social workers in light of this increased demand for services. 

  1. In what kinds of settings do social workers provide care for persons with dementia? 
  2. What types of knowledge and skills are needed to address the needs of persons with dementia and their families and caregivers? 
  3. What specific challenges are associated with designing and implementing interventions to improve the psychological well-being of persons with dementia? 

Pardasani, M., & Thompson, P. (2012). Senior centers: Innovative and emerging models. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 31(1), 52-77. doi:10.1177/0733464810380545

Using data from a multiple-case study, this article describes six innovative types of senior centers.  The authors present the defining characteristics of each model and discuss their impact on communities of older adults.   


  1. What were the original goals of senior centers as established by the Older Americans Act of 1965?
  2. What are the benefits of participation in senior centers for older adults?
  3. What are the challenges related to funding of senior centers in light of the increased focus on vulnerable populations of older adults?