Social work's efforts to ensure that older Americans remain engaged can help those who are aging feel more vital and part of communities. This in turn can help reduce social isolation and change societal attitudes about aging.
Social worker Pamela Braun, who has spent her entire career in the field of aging, says many people don't realize the amount of energy and care the aging population requires.
NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, LCSW, writes: "Our association fights for social justice on behalf of its members and the individuals, groups and communities they serve."
NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, writes: "Authenticity is fundamental to communication, relationships, and real human connections. Authenticity begins with self-awareness: knowing your values, emotions, and competencies."