This piece reviews literature on casework concerning the aging with the special purpose of developing a better understanding of past and current practice. The piece finds that very little material existed on the topic prior to World War I. Earlier work focused on the need for aged people to be provided with physical care, warmth, and food. The piece notes that in the period following 1930, voices advocating for the individualization of aged clients became stronger. The evolution of literature concerning the aged followed along a path that mirrored the changes seen in American society. The piece concludes by suggesting that future research and development should be made into areas concerning adult child-older parent relationships and adequate interviewing skills in working with the aged among other areas of importance.
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Posner, William. Retrospect and Prospect in Casework with the Aged. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1959: