With a growing population comes an increased need to recognize the medical and psychological needs of older adults and their families, particularly towards the end of life. This unique guide will describe the challenges such persons and families present to those providing end of life care - and show caregivers how to best negotiate these issues with their clients and families. This title guides end of life care professionals on how to apply principles of addiction treatment in the context of end of life care. It identifies the kwn markers of substance abuse and appropriate interventions. It outlines current treatment approaches and options. It applies 'family systems' theory to end of life care.
Dr. Suzanne Bushfield is Clinical Associate Professor and BSW Director of the Department of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her scholarship focuses on challenges from significant life events across the life span, with an emphasis on end of life issues, aging, caregiving, and spirituality. Her publications include a contracted book with Morley Glicken on Evidence-Based Practice with Older Adults: A Psychosocial Perspective on Successful Aging(Rowman and Littlefield). She has contributed the chapter Child welfare practice in Multicultural Approaches to Caring for Children, Youth, and Families (Allyn and Bacon) and Doing Social Work Research in More Days in the Lives of Social Workers (White Hat Communications).||Brad DeFord, PhD, M Div, writes about aging, addiction, spiritual development, and end-of-life care. Through his private practice, Thresholds, he is a certified transitions consultant and life coach. He is also certified as a Level One Hospice Manager through The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Brad has been a church pastor, a hospice chaplain, and the leader and developer of a bereavement program. For 6 years he served as the Leader of the Spiritual Caregiver Section of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP). Brad holds advanced degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago