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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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HIV-Infected and HIV-Affected Older Adults

HIV-Infected and HIV-Affected Older Adults

(p.91) 8 HIV-Infected and HIV-Affected Older Adults
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Cynthia Poindexter

Charles Emlet

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of social work practice implications that can arise when the experience of HIV and aging intersect. It is important to consider HIV and aging together for two reasons. First, medical and/or social service practitioners still frequently fail to identify and serve HIV-infected midlife and older adults; thus, HIV-infected persons over the age of 50 often remain hidden and their needs unaddressed. Second, the caregivers of HIV-infected younger adults or children with HIV are often mid-life and older persons, who may be grieving, unprepared, unsupported, hidden, and frail. While there is no certainty regarding the number of HIV-positive adults being cared for by older adults, it has been estimated that half of the persons with AIDS are being cared for by older relatives.

Keywords:   HIV, aging, elderly, social work practice, caregivers, HIV-infected older adults

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