Â· Select a colleague who was assigned the same client as you. Contrast your conceptualizations of the clientâ€™s developmental factors and state of well-being.
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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 motherâ€™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 Lucasâ€™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 lifeâ€™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 scholarâ€™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.
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