The social problems associated with aging are viewed as derived from a series of socially defined meanings in the areas of: (1) power/authority,(2) responsibility, (3) productivity/work, (4) dependence/ independence,and (5) knowledge/rationality. A parallel series of alternative meanings is proposed which make possible the creation of alternative institutional forms which hold promise for making contemporary problems substantially obsolete. An era of post-professinalism is envisioned in which helping agents become political activists committed to social change on the cognitive, as well as the material level.
Gottschalk, Shimon S.; Frumkin, Michael; and Kaufman, Allan V.
"Social Work Intervention with the Aged: Toward a Change in the Institutionalized Thought Structure,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 11
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol11/iss1/3