help the family resolve issues and improve functionality within their family unit and community.

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The family is in an enduring social institution, and today, many families are being impacted by the needs of the aging members. The family, as a unit, provides the link to understanding the intergenerational history and heritage, acknowledgment of the present and the hope for the future of the family. The family of today deals with various challenges including social, cultural, ethnic, environmental, economic and socioeconomic, psychosocial, community, and special issue concerns. Because families are unique and the development of the family depends on responses to common and uncommon experience shaping and molding the family environment, it is critical to understand all of the theoretical frameworks, multiple systems, and total processes of assessment and intervention options. This will help the family resolve issues and improve functionality within their family unit and community. Complete the following:

  • Create a fictional family with at least 3 generations, one of them aging, within the family.
  • Identify an older member of the family who may be either active or frail and elderly and may or may not live in the household.
  • Identify both the strengths and needs of the family.
  • Identify the problem that will be addressed.
  • Provide a theoretical perspective on aging by which this problem will be addressed.
  • Compare and contrast courses of action using appropriate counseling techniques.

The paper is to be at least 15 pages and requires a minimum of five resources. APA 6th edition formatting is required.

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Counseling for Gerontology The family is in an enduring social institution, and today, many families are being impacted by the needs of the aging members. The family, as a unit, provides the link to understanding the intergenerational history and heritage, acknowledgment of the present and the hope for the future of the family. The family of today deals with various challenges including social, cultural, ethnic, environmental, economic and socioeconomic, psychosocial, community, and special issue concerns. Because families are unique and the development of the family depends on responses to common and uncommon experience shaping and molding the family environment, it is critical to understand all of the theoretical frameworks, multiple systems, and total processes of assessment and intervention options. This will help the family resolve issues and improve functionality within their family unit and community. Complete the following: • • • • • • Create a fictional family with at least 3 generations, one of them aging, within the family. Identify an older member of the family who may be either active or frail and elderly and may or may not live in the household. Identify both the strengths and needs of the family. Identify the problem that will be addressed. Provide a theoretical perspective on aging by which this problem will be addressed. Compare and contrast courses of action using appropriate counseling techniques. The paper is to be at least 15 pages and requires a minimum of five resources. APA 6th edition formatting is required. ...
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Running head: THE NEEDS AND STRENGTHS OF FAMILIES LIVING WITH OLDER
ADULTS
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The Needs and Strengths of Families Living With Older Adults
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The Needs and Strengths of Families Living With Older Adults
The population of the elderly in the United States is rising and is estimated to maintain
this trend in the coming years. In fact, in twelve years, twenty percent of all Americans will be
aged sixty-five and above. The American Journal of Public Health estimates that the proportion
of individuals over the age of sixty-five has increased more than three times to make up over
twelve percent of the population. This change, the journal adds, is as a result of three factors.
These facts are the aging of the baby boom generation and the increased reforms of the United
States health care system which have made it more effective in improving the health of the
population, consequently increasing their lifespan. The third factor is the increased number of
immigrants into the United States in previous years which makes a significant number of them
part of the aging population in the country. The implication on the healthcare industry is that
with the elderly now living longer even as their population expands, the number of people with
chronic conditions is also rising given this population’s susceptibility to conditions such as
diabetes and different heart conditions.
With their numbers on a constant rise, therefore, the healthcare of this aging population
becomes an important consideration and a significant part of the healthcare system in the United
States. Consequently, strategies are required to address the health concerns of this group from the
household level all the way to the national level. At the national level, strategies are required to
address the psychological, physical, and social well-being of the elderly generically. At the
household level, however, the specific needs of the individual patients are known, and their
family or caregiver is, therefore, able to address them specifically. This essay addresses the care
of an individual patient residing with her family with specific emphasis on the identification of a
problem using one of the three theoretical perspectives of aging and the determination of the best

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course of action after an evaluation of different courses of action. Specifically, the paper first
identifies a family with an elderly member living amongst them. Then, its strengths and needs
are identified, their analysis leading to the determination of a problem which it then seeks to
address using a theoretical perspective of aging. Furthermore, the paper identifies different
courses of action which could potentially solve or alleviate the identified problem and compares
and contrasts them using the appropriate counseling techniques. Finally, this essay recommends
the best solution to the problem from the thorough evaluation.
The Family
Janet is an eighty-seven-year-old woman who lives alone but close to her forty-threeyear-old son, her forty-year-old daughter in law, and their three children, John, Catherine, and
Diana. Janet is a former manager at the local Starbucks and has been able to live independently
since retirement regardless of her age. Though she suffers from some of the conditions common
to people her age such as diabetes, she is able to manage them with little or no help. She is active
physically and takes brisk walks every few days. Her grandson John is a seventeen-year-old boy,
while her granddaughters Catherine and Diana are sixteen years old and thirteen years old
respectively. Her son Carl is a mechanical engineer, at the United States Department of Energy
in Washington D. C. He recently got promoted to Chief Mechanical Engineer with a fifteen
thousand dollar increase to his salary. His wife Jessica is a nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Their children John, Catherine, and Diana go to Eastern High School. John is the captain of the
school’s basketball team, Catherine is a cheerleader while Diana is in an active member of the
school’s journalism club. The family has one pet, Rocky, a miniature Schnauzer. The family,
Janet included, attended the basketball championship for their school district the previous
semester during which both John and Catherine performed in their respective roles as player and

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cheerleader while Diana and the other members of her club recorded the game. That was the last
time any of the family members saw Janet before they received a call that she was in the
hospital.
Janet was recently rushed to Sibley Memorial Hospital after suffering a mini-stroke. She
complained of severe headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, general weakness and numbness in her
right side of her body and an abnormal sense of smell and taste. The fact that she suffered a ministroke does not help with her diabetic condition. The doctor recommended a change or
adjustment in Janet’s medication for some of her conditions such as diabetes and hypertension
while also recommending that Janet remained in the hospital for some time given that her age
makes her susceptible for different other conditions. It is during Janet’s hospitalization that Carl
and Jessica noticed some changes in his mother. Before his promotion, Carl made sure that he
saw his mother at least once a week during which he took her shopping for groceries and
supplies. He also checked her prescription and refilled any drugs that had run out took her to
some of her doctor’s appointments when he could, and helped with difficult chores such as
mowing her lawn and trimming her hedges. Carl’s promotion at work, however, had seen his
duties increase significantly meaning that despite their house’s proximity to t...

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Thanks, good work

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