The Aging Process
As individuals grow older, they experience biological changes, but how they experience these changes varies considerably. Senescence, or the process of aging, “affects different people, and various parts of the body, at different rates” (Zastrow& Kirst-Ashman, 2013, p. 617).
What factors affect the aging process? Why do some individuals appear to age faster than others? In this Discussion you address these questions and consider how, you, as a social worker, might apply your understanding of the aging process to your work with older clients.
To prepare for this Discussion, read “Working With the Aging: The Case of Francine” in Social Work Case Studies: Foundation Year.
Post by Day 3 a Discussion in which you:
- Apply your understanding of the aging process to Francine’s case. How might Francine’s environment have influenced her aging process? How might you, as Francine’s social worker, apply your knowledge of the aging process to her case?
- 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.
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.
According to Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman (2016), previous experiences, lifestyles, and relationships considerably influence one’s process of aging especially as they enter their late adulthood stage. Francine is a 70-year-old seeing counseling for depressive symptoms following the loss of Joan, her partner of 30 years (Plummer, Makris and Brocksen, 2014). The family and loved ones to Francine were unaware of the kind of relationship that existed between Francine and Joan and thus Francine did not receive the needed support while navigating her way through her grieving process. Following this, despite a considerable period of sobriety, Francine started drinking alcohol more frequently (Plummer et. al., 2014). …..Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at $5