About Amanda Woodward

Amanda Toler Woodward, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. She does research on services and supports for older adults including racial and ethnic disparities in access to services and international comparisons of service systems. She writes about a wide range of topics related to aging research, social work, academia, and whatever else catches her fancy at www.amandatolerwoodward.com


32 articles written by : Amanda Woodward

Is Buying into a Continuing Care Retirement Community Right For Me?


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Respite Care Following Cardiac Surgery

Thousands of people have cardiac surgery in the U.S. every day, typically to ...

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Respite Care Post Hip or Knee Replacement

Knee and hip replacements are common. As we live longer with more wear and te...

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Recovery Care for Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects nearly five million adults in the Unit...

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Online Social Worker Support Groups

Social workers provide care for all sorts of people, including the senior com...

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Hospital Discharge Planning for Elders

What is discharge planning?What is discharge planning?Discharge planning happ...

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Expanding Social Networks as We Age

What are social networks and why are they important?What are social networks ...

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Eviction Rights for Community Residents

Although senior housing is typically under state rather than federal regulati...

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Long-term Care Insurance Options

Long-term care insurance is promoted as a way for the middle class to cover c...

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Short-Term Senior Housing in Walnut Creek

A move to senior housing doesn’t have to be permanent. Sometimes your loved o...

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Elder Care Following a Stroke

A stroke can turn your life upside down, and affect friends and family as wel...

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Transitional Care for Rehabilitation

Up to a quarter of those hospitalized under Medicare are rehospitalized withi...

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A Geriatric Care Manager May Be Just the Help You Need

What is a geriatric care manager?What is a geriatric care manager?What is a g...

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Navigating Driving Risk

Giving up driving is hard.  Not only is being able to drive important to main...

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Navigating the Holidays with Aging Parents

Decades of research has found that social support is important for mental and...

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A thought while you wait ...


The first 50 years of childhood are the toughest.