Group Work With the Frail Elderly. Shura, New York. Haworth Press, Inc. 117 pages, $14.95;
Group Work with the Frail Elderly is one in a series of works on Social Work with Groups, consisting of a compilation of 9 different articles, by individual authors. Each article addresses group work with a specific population such as the mentally impaired elderly. A comprehensive reference list appears at the end of each article. Additionally the book includes a guest editorial by Shura Saul, a book review of Irene Burnsides'book, Working with the Elderly: Group Process and Techniques, three samples of group work done with the elderly, and a review of three videotapes of group work done at various settings.
The book begins with an article by Mary Mayer on the demographic trends regarding the elderly.
The third article, written by Louis Lowy, explores theoretically group work with vulnerable elderly. Harriette Friedlander's article follows, and this covers the use of groups for mainstreaming the handicapped elderly.
The fifth article by Judith Lee describes group work with impaired elderly. The author includes activity ideas for the groups, and demonstrates the effectiveness of such activities. Naomi Feil has an article that discusses her use of validation technique in group work with elderly clients.
The next article discusses group work with residents immediately following admission to a nursing home.
This book is a rich mixture of different types of groups for frail elderly, and for those working with the frail elderly. Not only does it provide the rational for doing group work, it also directs those involved in leading groups. The book is a valuable aide to social workers, nurses, or any professional working with such groups of individuals.