Learning Objectives

  1. Compare one’s own emotional and cognitive reactions to three case studies.
  2. Summarize major themes in the historical and cultural contexts of people in very late adulthood, including centenarians.
  3. Describe approaches for evaluating functional capacity in very late adulthood.
  4. Summarize the major issues in relationships in very late adulthood.
  5. Describe the housing continuum experienced by people in very late adulthood.
  6. Analyze the importance of spirituality in very late adulthood.
  7. Summarize what social workers need to know about the dying process.
  8. Summarize what social workers need to know about loss, grief, and bereavement.
  9. Apply knowledge of very late adulthood, dying, and bereavement to recommend guidelines for social work engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.