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Module 1: Normal Aging & Geriatric Syndromes/Conditions


Module 1 discusses how social workers can better work with older adults by first understanding normal aging and the common geriatric syndromes with which older individuals struggle. The module looks at normal aging from a biopsychosocial perspective, and how geriatric conditions affect the quality of life of clients and their families. Module 1 explores aging from the perspective of dissociating normal aging from disease processes and the integration of this knowledge into social work practice.  

Adriana Shnall, PhD, RSW, is the Manager and Professional Practice Chief for Social Work and Manager for the Koschitzky Family Caregiver Centre at Baycrest Health Sciences.  Adriana has 25 years of gerontological clinical practice including outpatient community services, long term care, and inpatient and outpatient services.  Adriana received both her MSW and her PhD from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. Adriana has an academic appointment with the Faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor, Status Only, and teaches at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and at the Institute for the Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto. She is also an Interprofessional Educator (IPE), and is the Chair of the Caregiving Committee for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). Adriana integrates clinical practice, education and research interests in the areas of caregiving and gerontology.


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