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Gerontology & Geriatrics Studies

Grandparents and Social Work Services in Focus in Tehran, Iran: Gerontological Perspectives

  • Open or Close Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi*

    Department of Social Science, Alzahra University, Iran

    *Corresponding author: Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi, Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Science, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran, Tel: 009821-22859416; Email: mtshykhi@yahoo.com/ mtshykhi@alzahra.ac.ir

Submission: September 12, 2017; Published: December 21, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/GGS.2017.01.000516

ISSN: 2578-0093
Volume1 Issue4

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The aim of this article is to represent how the elderly as an increasing demographic group are in need of related social work services. For that, new social policies must be designed and put into practice. As the number of the elderly people is ever increasing, and generally one party/spouse dies at his/her old age, social work services become vital for the remaining party. The growing elderly expect to benefited from different social and welfare benefits at older age when they are weak, poor, alone and unhealthy. This is not only the problem of Iran, but almost majority of developing countries are in this situation. Such people need increasing number of social and medical services which must be usually provided by social workers. However, the rising costs of social and health services unable the elderly and grandparents to utilize them; hence social workers need to intervene to provide what is needed. In addition to the necessary needs, the elderly grandparents need recreational services as well.

Keywords: Social work; Social policies; Grandparents; Old age; Medical services

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