Also important, for instance, are executive orders, court decisions, and decisions by regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and many regulatory activities of states and localities such as health care licensing, oversight of private insurance sales practices, and zoning. [...] students in the applied professions-for example, physicians, nurses, rehabilitation professionals, clinical psychologists and social workers, hospital and long-term care administrators, financial advisors and counselors, lawyers, accountants, and the administrators and service providers in the Aging Services Network of the U.S. Administration on Aging-need to know, at the very least, the basic ABCs of the policies that directly affect their patients and clients.
CHAPTER 6 Social Policy in Gerontology and Geriatrics Education Robert H. Binstock A gerontology or geriatrics curriculum that does not include social policy is missing essential ingredients for understanding the everyday situations of older individuals and how they come about, what may pose threats to them, and—when needed—how their situations might be changed for the better through new policies. Knowledge of social policy also illuminates relation- ships between older people and younger generatio
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