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date: 24 October 2021

Aging: Overviewlocked

Aging: Overviewlocked

  • Nancy R. HooymanNancy R. HooymanUniversity of Washington
  •  and Amanda BaruschAmanda BaruschUniversity of Utah, College Of Social Work


The rapidly growing older population is more heterogeneous than any other age group. Although many face vulnerabilities and inequities as they age, most are resilient. This entry explores the “greying of America,” examines the definition and measurement of aging, reviews the diversity among older adults in the United States, discusses productive, successful, and active aging, and suggests leadership roles for social workers in enhancing the well-being of elders and their families.


  • Aging and Older Adults
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Populations and Practice Settings

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Article updated to reflect current research. Bibliography expanded and updated to reflect recent research.

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