• Identify both the strengths and needs of the family.

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  • 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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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: FAMILY STRENGTHS AND NEEDS

Family Strengths and Needs
Name:
Institution:

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Family Strengths and Needs
The family is the foundation of society. It is the basic social institution on which a
community is built. Today, families face different challenges which include social, cultural,
economic, socioeconomic, environmental, ethnic, and psychosocial issues. The challenges are
even more defined in an intergenerational family, particularly one with a family member over the
age of sixty-five who needs specialized attention. As the foundation of society, it is important
that these challenges are addressed. However, all families are different. Consequently, no
universal solution to these challenges exists. Rather, each family’s challenges require a unique
solution structured to solve the specific problems in the family under consideration. This essay
creates a fictional family with three generations and an older member who is frail and elderly,
identifies its strengths and weaknesses, identifies the problem the family is facing, provides a
solution to the problem based on a theoretical perspective of aging, and explores different
courses of action to address the problem using appropriate counseling techniques.
David Reyes is a military officer stationed at the station in Hawaii. He is married to
Stephanie, a teacher. Together, David and Stephanie have three children. Their eldest child,
Mark, is seventeen and about to complete his final year of high school. He has been looking into
colleges. Diego is David and Stephanie’s second child. He attended the same school as his older
brother before the relocation. He is fifteen and was in the school’s swim team. David and
Stephanie’s last born, Diana, is ten. She has autism and requires special attention. When her
parents were at work, her grandmother took care of her. Mark would help her grandmother with
the care of her younger sister when he got home from school. David’s family recently moved to
Hawaii after he got transferred. Stephanie is now working at the child development center within

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the military base as a teacher. The children have enrolled at their new school which fortunately
for Diego has a strong swim team. The child development center at the military base has a
special class for children with special needs which Diana is now attending.
David was raised in Queens by his mother Carmen after his father abandoned them a few
years after his birth. His father was an American citizen who married his mother after her family
emigrated from Colombia. As an only child, she was left with no other family in the United
States when her parents died. Carmen, or Nana as her grandchildren refer to her, is sixty-seven
years old. She turns sixty-eight in two months. Since her husband abandoned them, David’s
mother singlehandedly raised her son. She did not pursue further education after completing her
high school education and could, therefore, not get well-paying jobs. She ended up taking up
more than one job at a time to enable her to provide for both herself and her son. She worked as a
supermarket attendant, a cleaner, a maid, and a waitress for most of her life. As a result of the
jobs which required long hours of standing, with some of them being strenuous, she suffers from
occasional back pain and swollen legs. She has also been taking medicine to regulate her blood
pressure for some years now. She has, however, not been diagnosed with any other health
conditions until recently.
David’s mother is now unfortunately left with nothing to do since before moving to
Hawaii; she would watch Diana. She ventures out to the beach to fill her day. On one of these
occasions, she fell and hit her head and was rushed to the Emergency Room at a local hospital.
Luckily, the fall was not serious. The doctor gave her some pain medication and instructed her to
visit a healthcare facility immediately if she experienced any complications. Last week, Carmen
complained of blurry vision and appeared confused. She, for instance, called Stephanie claiming

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not to know of Diana’s whereabouts. Diana was at the school at the time, a fact Stephanie
already knew since they have been in Hawaii for some time now. Another day, Mark found her
sitting on the floor. Upon enquiry, Carmen told her grandson that she felt momentarily dizzy.
Her speech was sometimes slurred, and she complained of headaches and ringing in the ears.
David took his mother to the hospital. After tests, it was confirmed that her fall caused a
traumatic brain injury which according to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society is a
significant problem in older adults (Thompson, McCormick & Kagan, 2006). In a year, traumatic
brain injury is responsible for over eighty thousand visits to the hospital, with three-quarters of
these visits resulting in hospitalization. The doctors expressed concern that the injury could cause
dementia since according to the Archives of Neurology journal, traumatic brain injury is a risk
factor for dementia, with the risk increasing for older adults. Even after treatment, Carmen still
has trouble walking and talking. Sometimes, it is difficult for her to swallow her food. Her vision
still gets blurry occasionally, and she has difficulty lifting and carrying heavy objects. She often
complains of stiff muscles and has difficulty remembering things sometimes. She has also lost
control of her bowel and bladder functions. She till complains of headaches and a rigning in her
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Thanks, good work

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