March is Social Work Month

By: Nicole Long, MSW, LICSW, CEO of Old Colony Elder Services

March is Social Work Month. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the theme for Social Work Month 2023 is “Social Work Breaks Barriers.” In short, social Workers help break down barriers that prevent people from living more fulfilling, enriched lives.

Did you know? Every day approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65. A number of older adults are already coping with some health issues, yet prefer to remain living independently at home. What are some of their options as they age and circumstances change?

Social Workers play an important role and can provide assistance and guidance toward resources. To give you an example, our team of social workers at Old Colony Elder Services helps older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing guidance about a wide range of life changes and challenges – from physical and mental health issues, housing issues, and financial hardships to food insecurity and other challenges that they may face. Our agency offers significant life-supporting care that contributes to an individual’s ability to live independently in the community for as long as possible while preserving dignity and quality of life.

There are options for older adults who are faced with the prospect of no longer being able to manage alone. There are also home-based care options that can be provided to older adults in their own home, in elder housing, or in a private apartment. There are also many programs available. For example, there’s a program that provides individuals with tools and techniques to manage chronic conditions. These are just a few, among a number of options available. Social workers can help break down barriers and guide individuals towards community resources, information, and services needed.

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