Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Recognizing signs of dementia: A curriculum for child welfare workers
by Castro Deller, Emilce, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 101; 1523334
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to develop a curriculum to educate child welfare workers or any other social worker about dementia in kinship care. Kinship care families headed by elderly grandparents are increasing, along with the prevalence of dementia. The objective of the curriculum is to encourage child welfare workers to assess for dementia, understand the impact of dementia, and become aware of available resources.

Module I focus on identifying the signs of dementia, including various forms of dementia, causes of dementia, and medical treatments available. Module II focuses on the impact on grandparents' lives, including physical health deterioration, poverty, impact on grandchildren's lives, and family relationships. Module III focuses on the benefits of raising their grandchildren, the benefits of kinship care, and grandparents' satisfaction. Module IV focuses on the role of child welfare workers, including interventions and resources. The trainer's guide includes detailed instructions and a checklist of materials needed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
Commitee: Jennings, Lisa, Meyer-Adams, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Gerontology, Social work, Aging, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Child welfare, Dementia, Grandchildren, Kin-care, Kinship care
Publication Number: 1523334
ISBN: 978-1-303-20902-4
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