The Aging Process

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  • 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.


Plummer, S. -B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader]. "Working With the Aging: The Case of Francine"

Cagle, J. G., & Kovacs, P. J. (2009). Education: A complex and empowering social work intervention at the end of life. Health & Social Work, 34(1), 17–27.

Tags: social friends Gay bisexual Working with the Aging: The Case of Francine Francine is a 70-year-old Irish Catholic female. She worked for 40 years as a librarian in an institution of higher education and retired at age 65. Francine has lived alone fo after her partner Joan died of cancer. Joan and Francine had been together for 30 years and while Francine personally identifies as a lesbian she never came out to her family or to her colleagues. When speaking to all but her closest confidantes Francine referred to Joan as her “best friend” or her “roommate.” Francine’s bereavement was therefore complicated because she did not feel she could and even some of her close associates of the impact and meaning of Joan’s death to Francine. There is a history of alcohol abuse in Francine’s family and Francine abused alcohol from late adolescence into her mid-30s. However Francine has been in recovery for several decades. Francine has no known sexual abuse history and no criminal history. Francine sought counseling wit including an ongoing depressed mood a lack of pleasure or enjoyment in her life and loneliness and isolation since Joan’s death. She also reported that she had begun to drink again and that while her drinking was not yet at the le she was concerned that she could return to a dependence upon alcohol. Francine came to counseling with several considerable strengths including a capacity to form intimate relationships a successful work history a history of having maintained her sobriety in the past for many years as well as insight into the factors that had contributed to her current difficulties. During our initial meetings Francine stated that her goals were to feel less depressed to reduce or stop drinking and to feel less isolated. In order to ensure that no medical issues were contributing to her depression symptoms I referred Francine to her primary care physician for an evaluation. Francine’s physician did not find any medical cause of her symptoms diagnosing Francine with moderate clinical depression and recommending that Francine begin a course of antidepressant medication. Francine was relucta I employed a technique called behavioral activation (BA) which is drawn from principles of cognitive behavioral therapy and helps to reengage people in pleasant physical and recreational activities. We began with a small initial goal of having Francine dedicate at least 5 minutes of each day to an activity she found pl we increased the time. Francine’s treatment progress was monitored through weekly completion of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) in order to d Francine spoke regularly with a sponsor who helped her to remain abstinent during particularly stressful moments during her reengagement in sobriety. in order to address Francine’s goal of feeling less lonely and isolated we explored potential avenues to increase her social networks. In addition to spending time with her family and her AA sponsor Francine began to visit the local lesbian and transgender (LGBT) center for the first time in her life and attended a support group for women who had lost their partners. Francine also began spending time at her loc other recreational activities and lunch. She also began to do volunteer work at her local library once a week. Over several months of counseling Francine stopped drinking; significantly increased her daily involvement in pleasant and rewarding activities including social and recreational activities; and reported feeling less lonely despite still missing her partner a great deal. Francine’s scores on the PHQ-9 gradually decreased over time and after 16 weeks of counseling Francine reported that she no longer felt she needed the session to move on with her life. In addition Francine visited her primary care physician who found upon evaluation that her depression had lifted considerably and that an antidepressant was no longer indicated. By the end of counseling

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Aging Process
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Late adulthood or old age commences at the age of 65, and it is amongst the last phases
of the life cycle. Psychologists suggest that during this phase it is important for individuals to
find meaning as well as satisfaction in life rather than becoming disillusioned and bitter. Aging
consists of various physical, mental, and sociological effects commonly referred to as senescence
(Cagle & Kovacs, 2009). Although there are distinct ages limits that are designated to determine
whether an individual is old. The aging process is a different process with different experiences
that vary from one individual to another.
In the case of Francine, a woman at the age of 70, who recently lost her s...

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