THe Aging Process
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
Respond to at least two colleague’s post in one of the following ways:
- From a strength’s perspective, critique your colleague’s approach to addressing Francine’s case. Provide support for your critique.
- Critique your colleague’s strategy for applying knowledge of the aging process to work with older clients. Discuss how cultural, ethnic, and societal influences might affect the application of this strategy.
Be sure to support your posts with specific references to the resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.
Response 1 Alexis
How might Francine’s environment have influenced her aging process?
Francine is a 70-year-old retired librarian who has been battling depressed moods, loneliness, and lack of enjoyment in her life since her partner Joan passed away one year ago from cancer (Plummer, Makris & Brocksen, 2014). Most of the effects that come along with aging are unavoidable. Your appearance will change over time including thinning of the hair and developing wrinkles (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016). The feeling of depression that Francine is feeling as well as the lack of enjoyment can have horrible affects on the aging body. As we get older, our bodily systems begin to decline. Our nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system and heart can all be negatively impacted by any form of stress on the body (2016).
How might you as Francine’s social worker apply your knowledge of the aging process in her case?
Although Francine is going through a hard time, she had over come many obstacles. She is a recovering alcoholic (2014) who has remained sober for decades. She is strong-willed and seems determined but has been knocked down a little by an unfortunate event. Although we age we tend to not lose much of our intellectual functioning (2016). If Francine is reminded of her accomplishments and encouraged to focus on positive things she will be more likely to recover. I am a believer in the phrase “you’re as young as you feel” and happiness plays a huge part in overall health despite your age.
Identify an additional strategy you might use to apply your knowledge of the aging process to social work practice with older clients in general. Explain why you would use the strategy.
Every case is going to be different. I would educate myself on each of my older clients and their specific needs before I decide on what technique would best help them in their situation. In order to properly apply my knowledge of the aging process I have to first know how to apply that knowledge to that particular person based on what is going on with them.
Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
Zastrow, C. H., & Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2016). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Response 2 Melinda
Francine is a seventy-year-old Irish Catholic woman whose partner of thirty years had died a year ago (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Despite their lengthy relationship, Francine had not come out to her family nor her colleagues that she is a lesbian (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Following her partner’s death, Francine began drinking alcohol after she had been in sobriety for a considerable amount of years (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Francine has begun drinking alcohol and feels as if people do not understand her loss since many do not know that they were together, adding to her feelings of loneliness (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014).
In addition to the strengths perspective, the activity theory would also be beneficial for Francine. The basis of the activity theory stresses the importance of keeping elderly individuals both physically and mentally engaged to encourage a more prosperous aging process (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016). Furthermore, individuals that feel as if they have a purpose as well as live a more constructive and sociable life are more likely to increase their physical capabilities, are happier, and have a longer life expectancy (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016). To help accomplish this, Francine has become more active in the senior center by participating in work out classes, along with her volunteering at a library, attending the center for the LGBT community in addition to a support group for those who lost their partners so she can identify with others who have been through similar situations (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014). Increasing Francine’s social life, will help her to decrease her feelings of loneliness and depression, lessen her stress while her joining the exercise class and abstaining from alcohol will help her to live a longer and healthier life (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2014).
Plummer, S., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year (pp. 39-41). Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
Zastrow, C., & Kirst-Ashman, K. (2016). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (10th ed., pp. 654-684). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning
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