SOCW 3003 WU Social Role Tran

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Discussion 1 (a): Social Role Transitions and Life Events in Late Adulthood: Ego Integrity Versus Despair

Late adulthood is a time of great change in social roles, transitions, and life events. These include movement into retirement, relocation, declines in health, and changes in social status and financial circumstances. Late adulthood may also be a time when social interaction and companionship decrease and a close family member or friend dies. Because of these life changes, many adults may experience issues with ego integrity versus ego despair.

For this Discussion, you analyze the major theoretical perspectives that have shaped development in the life course.

  • Describe two social role transitions and life events that occur in late adulthood.
  • Explain whether ego integrity is a predictor of successful adjustment in late adulthood.
  • Describe one way in which each colleague might assist clients in later adulthood with the role transitions they described.
  • Discussion 1(b): Ms. Ruby Johnson, Caretaker for Three Generations

    Caregiving for older adult family members and friends with functional, behavioral, and cognitive impairments form the backbone for many long-term care needs. Providing long-term care, however, can come at a cost to the care provider affecting the individual biologically, psychologically, and socially. Some older caregivers find themselves experiencing health and mental health related considerations as well as losing their freedom as they become caregivers for spouses, siblings, or other elderly friends whose health or mental health has declined. Caregivers may not recognize when resources are needed due to their caregiving demands.In your text, you read about Ruby, a caregiver of her elderly father. Recall that Ms. Ruby Johnson is a 71-year-old African American female who has resided in an apartment in the Bronx for the past 41 years. She worked for the postal service for 36 years and retired five years ago. Ms. Johnson has Darlene, her 46-year-old daughter; Tiffany, her 25-year-old granddaughter who is married with two children; and Rebecca, her 16-year-old granddaughter who resides with her. About one year ago, Ms. Johnson became the care provider for her father, George. He is 89 and moved into Ruby’s apartment because he was no longer able to live independently after his brother’s death. Ruby cooks for her father, her granddaughter Rebecca, and everyone at Tiffany’s house. In addition to caring for her family, she also works part-time to earn money by providing childcare to a former coworker’s daughter. Ruby’s health is currently stable; however, she is concerned that it may worsen. She is diabetic and insulin dependent, and she worries about all the family members for whom she feels responsible. Ruby confided that she thinks her physical demise has begun. She asked her social worker for help. As a social worker, how would you address Ruby’s case through the lens of human behavior and the environment? What specific skills could you apply? In this Discussion, you examine these and other related issues.Adapted from Case Study 9.2, “Ms. Ruby Johnson, Caretaker for Three Generations” in Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course (2019).Publishing.In this Discussion, you consider a case study that portrays issues related to caregiving in late adulthood.To prepare: Review the full Case Study 9.2 on p. 312 of your text.

  • Post the following:
    • Explain the physical, biological, psychological, and socioemotional changes that may occur from caregiving in late adulthood that are evident in the case study.
    • Recommend two self-care strategies for Ms. Johnson.

    • Recommend an additional self-care strategy for Ms. Johnson.
    • Recommend one caregiving resource your colleagues could provide for Ms. Johnson.

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