Social Work Case Study Alzheimer's

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Overall, my reaction to watching the videos was sobering while sounding the competency, knowledge and skills alarm. As a social worker I must be equipped to assist both client and social unit in this phenomenon. Viewing the progression of the disease left me with concerns as there is no cure. Alzheimer’s is serious in nature and can be most difficult to contend with. Bessie was most impressive as she lived life to the fullest not allowing herself to be consumed with the inevitable. It was important to see although the disease itself had commonalities, yet it is an individual experience. Every client was unique although at the mercy of the disease, and because of this, theory based interventions must be applied and tailored distinctively. Social…show more content…
According to Greene (2007), there are various forms of Dementia, however Alzheimer’s is most popular affecting families in later life normally 65 years and older degenerating brain tissue over time. Greene further states social workers may be first responders to the discovery of the disease existence through a series of answered questions surrounding the client’s mental status. The disease itself impairs intellectual and cognitive reasoning and is therefore reported to qualified specialist. Learning about the disease will assist with certainty in diagnosis giving way to improving the client and family situation for adjusting, interventions, or advance directives. At any rate, the nature of disease also brings great concerns to caregiving. Family, friends, and other uncompensated caregivers are the mainstay for much of the care delivered to older adults, and caring for clients with Alzheimer’s disease is a daunting task. The physical and psychological stress of caregiving intensify the chances of developing the disease with a six-fold increase influencing policies, programs, and services such as respite care, skill nursing facilities and such to become responsible for research and development of successful ways to care for clients with the disease (Rogers, 2013). It is important for practitioners to learn about the disease as family assessments will be necessary for further determination of how the older adult functional capacity effects the social unit, and how they interact and influence one another (Greene, 2007). It is also necessary as appropriate service and care plans, whose objectives are measurable are created together with constant

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