SWK205- SOCIAL WORK WITH THE ELDERLY

Lesson 9 Discussion 1 (250 words or one page.)
Alison is a 65-year-old female who is meeting with the Social Worker at her assisted living home. The staff at the assisted living home have noticed that Alison’s appetite has decreased, she has been sleeping more and has reported to the staff that she feels sad and hopeless.
As a Social Worker meeting with Alison, please review the readings and consider the following in your discussion response:
· How can you apply the interventions from the readings with Alison?
· Do you think you would need to assess Alison for any risk of suicide?
· How would Cognitive Behavioral interventions be a useful intervention for Alison?

Lesson 9 Discussion 2 (250 words or one page)
Please read the following article and watch the video, within the article, about the healing power of music for Alzheimer’s patients.
Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients- https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-2015/music-therapy-for-alzheimers.html
After reviewing the video and article, please consider the following for your discussion post:
· What are your thoughts on the benefits of music for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease?
· How could you apply this information in your own Social Work practice?
· Please share any other thoughts.
Lesson 9 Readings
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment of Late-Life Depression- https://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/JF17p22.shtml
People with Alzheimer’s Pool of Art and Music Memories Runs Deep- https://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/exc_111510.shtml
Aging and CBT- https://www.abct.org/featured-articles/information-on-opioids-and-the-opioid-crisis/?m=mInformation&fa=fs_AGING

Lesson 10 Discussion
Please review the readings and consider the following in your discussion response:
· What are some of the benefits of spirituality/faith for older adults?
· As a Social Worker, how can you support older adults with their faith or spirituality?
· Could there be any challenges if your spirituality/faith differs from the clients you are working with?
Each discussion post should be a minimum of 250 words or one page.
Lesson 10 Readings
Seniors and Spirituality: Health Benefits of Faith- https://eldercarealliance.org/blog/seniors-and-spirituality-health-benefits-of-faith/
Spirituality and Aging- https://www.whereyoulivematters.org/spirituality-and-aging/

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