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The first article in the Addictions and Substance Use special section is by Heather Larkin and colleagues. Larkin’s team explores adverse childhood experiences and substance use history among older adults living in public housing. The second article focuses on differences in risk factors for prescription opioid misuse between older and younger adults in a study led by Gerald Cochran. Following that, is an article from a research team headed by Janice McCall, on the monitoring of suicide ideation among older adults who are methadone clients. The final article in this special section is by Cory B. Dennis and colleagues examining psychological vulnerabilities of older adults and use of gambling as a coping mechanism.
Our second special section in this issue is on Aging and Social and Economic Justice. This intention of this special section is to help build conceptual frameworks, highlight existing and new areas related to aging and inequality, present interventions to improve equitable social and economic outcomes in later life, and report on curriculum and training programs that improve social workers understanding of and capacity to help address inequality in later life. Contributors to this section cover a range of important issues that help fulfill this aim.
In this section on Aging and Social and Economic Justice, the first article is by Mohammad Nuruzzaman Khan and colleagues and presents an analysis of financial knowledge gaps in later life and the implications that has for inequality in later life. Second in this special section is an article by V. J. Miller and colleagues examining the perspectives to guide skilled nursing facility discharge planning. Third, is a case study of neighborhood solidarity in Switzerland by Marion Zwygart and collaborators. Following this is an analysis of neoliberalism and austerity in Spain, Portugal and South Africa and the implications these have had for older adults civic action by Abigail Ornellas and colleagues. Our fifth article examines the relationship of health and social justice by exploring poverty among older adults with chronic kidney disease. This study is led by Mary Caplan. Next is an article by Noell L. Rowan and Kelsey Beyer exploring the health needs of aging LGBT adults in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina. Our final article in this section is by Michael D. Pelts and Colleen Galambos exploring a method of storytelling to increase awareness of lesbian and gay older adults in long-term care settings.
In this double issue of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work we feature two special sections that are timely for social work researchers, educators, and clinical and policy practitioners. First is our special section on Addictions and Substance Use. This section highlights issues of addiction and substance use in later life. This appears at a time where there is great national interest in addressing the current opioid misuse epidemic and in understanding lifetime outcomes of addiction and abuse.
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