Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. One of the references come from Broderick and Blewitt (2015). I need this completed today at 7pm. Respond to at least three of your colleagues using one or more of the following approaches:
· Select a colleague who was assigned a different client than you. Suggest at least one counseling goal or strategy he or she might use to support the health and resilience of the older adult.
· Select a colleague who was assigned the same client as you. Contrast your conceptualizations of the client’s developmental factors and state of well-being.
1. (S. Mor)
The Reeves Family has added a new addition to their household, which consists of Lucas the father of John, Justin, and Emme. Lucas has moved his father Jacob (Grandpa Jake) in after the death of his mother. The last several years have gone smoothly with the Reeves Family, and with the added addition to their household Lucas recommended Grandpa Jake come see me. Lucas rightfully so had his father move in after his mother’s death, because he did not want him to be alone. Grandpa Jake is not in favor of seeing a counselor and has no problem verbally expressing his disdain for the counseling field. One of Lucas’s concerns for his father is his memory tends to come and go at different times. He has actually called the table in my office a chair and has renamed his Granddaughter Emme to Ella. Another concern in the house is privacy and space. Grandpa Jake has accused his Grandson John of stealing a book from his room, which has caused tension between Lucas and his father. Grandpa Jake is transitioning from being married for a very long time, losing his wife, moving out of their home, and now living with his son and grandchildren. He is 68 years old and it is a lot to process and accept every day (Laureate Education, n.d.).
Developmental Factors in Late Adulthood
One of life’s goals will be to grow old and reach senior citizen status, proudly receiving discounts everywhere we go because our age paid the price for it. Personally I enjoy having conversations with the elderly because the amount of knowledge they possess is a scholar’s dream come true. Watching my own Mother age graciously I have begun to notice several developmental changes that she is either refusing to accept or snaps at me like I am a 10 year old child. I completely understand what Lucas is going through with Grandpa Jake, and with the right guidance and patience they will be able to enjoy each other. The first developmental change that I feel causes major concerns for the elderly is physical change. The mind remains the same but the body is unable to keep up, is frustrating. Good health in the mental and physical realm is causes for concern because our immune system stops functioning the way it was designed to (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). The onset of cancer, bone diseases, heart failure, organ failure, and much more are health concerns that we face as we grow older. In hindsight the older we get there should be a reward of good health and a sound mind for going through the test of time. However it is the exact opposite and instead of being rewarded, the elderly are punished with bodies that break down as they grow older.
Brain and cognitive developmental change are extremely hard to watch elderly people go through, especially if you have known them before the change. Grandpa Jake is showing signs of change in his brain, by forgetting names and calling tables’ chairs. “Cognition depends on a healthy and well-functioning brain” (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). As a counselor it will sadden me when a client understands their minds are not operating at full capacity. The reality is before the mind completely goes, there are signs that they recognize. For example, knowing a familiar place and how to get there is great, but if the mind forgets in the midst of going to this familiar place the frustration may be devastating. The Manitoba study discovered that most people feel in order to live a life of satisfaction, aging has to be successful which includes “longevity, physical, and mental functioning” (Bowling, 2007).
Impact of Emotional and Psychological Well-Being
Emotionally and psychologically there is an impact in people when they are growing old. I have noticed many elderly tend to be extremely happy even grateful that they are still alive. Others tend to be extremely mean for no reason, and I am wondering are these emotions the sum of their entire lives. Emotional well-being in happy older people normally includes better friendships, better relationships with family, and happy marriages (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). In the midst of chaos if you observe an older person you will realize that they steer clear of drama and unnecessary disagreements. Psychologically they disconnect from the chaos. My mother says it best, “I left because the news will have it on at 5:00 sharp and there is no need for me to be in the middle of anyone’s mess”. The reality behind that, and keep in mind this is for anything that could possibly occur in the world we live in today, she is right to run now and ask questions later.
Wisdom is a protective factor that could optimize an elderly individual’s health and resilience. Wisdom is allowing oneself to do the right thing for their mind, body, and spirit even when no one is watching. For example, wisdom is exercising your bones and muscles in order for them not to get stiff and painful. Wisdom is eating healthy. Wisdom is taking care of yourself when we are young in order for our bodies to thank us when it grows old. Wisdom s the right thing to do, but we all struggle with it daily.
Broderick, P. C., & Blewitt, P. (2015). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Bowling, A, (2007). Aspirations for older age in the 21st century: What is successful aging? The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 64(3), 263–297.
2. (A. Wit)
My clients are Miguel and Jeanette Martinez. The challenges of raising three children and surviving a devastating tornado are behind them (Laureate Education, 2013a). Now in their early 70’s, Miguel and Jeanette have conflicting ideas on how to spend their remaining years. Jeanette feels she has worked hard in her life and looks forward to relaxing and watching her grandchildren grow (Laureate Education, 2013a). Miguel, on the other hand, is not quite ready to “settle down” (L