The changing demography of the US population will provide unique opportunities and challenges over the next decades. Ten thousand people each day are turning 65 years of age and will continue for the next eighteen years. This age wave is that of the Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers redefined each stage of life as they have experienced it, modifying fashion design and hair length as well as key societal institutions. They questioned the underlying values and attitudes of society. They influenced education, music, race relations, sex roles, and child rearing. They are about to change what we know about old age as well.
Monthly Call-in Sessions
IMPORTANT information for NASW Members in private practice: An Hour With Private Practice: Questions and Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members which is held every third Wednesday of the month from January through November.The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. There is no registration and members… learn more »
Ferguson: We stand with you
Faculty and Staff of the Portland State University School of Social Work stand in solidarity with communities working to address racism in our society, and in particular in our criminal legal system. We are saddened and outraged by the St. Louis County grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown, and we call for individual and collective healing and organizing for justice.
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A Life Altering Career
If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be working in hospice I would not have believed you.
When I began my social work education, I was working in an adolescent treatment home. I mapped out my education to provide myself with the tools and knowledge to work with the adolescent population. But, once I finished my undergraduate degree and began looking for a job, I was introduced to hospice. I held what I now know are common misconceptions about hospice. I thought hospice was only care for those who had been sent home from the hospital to die. I thought it was incredibly sad and I worried I would become depressed and overly focused on death.
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