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Older Adults

As Americans live longer, growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented. In 2014, 14.5 percent of the US population (46.3 million) was aged 65 or older. That number is projected to reach 23.5 percent (98 million) by 2060, according to the US Census. Aging adults experience higher risk of multiple challenges, including chronic disease. In 2012, 60 percent of older adults managed two or more chronic conditions. Chronic conditions can lower quality of life for older adults and increase stress and caregiver burden among their loved ones.

These articles link to summaries of research findings that are relevant to older adults, with take-home messages for social work practice.


  1. Gerontological social work student-delivered respite: a community-university partnership pilot program
  2. Problem drinking and depression in older adults with multiple chronic health conditions