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Running head: APPLICATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL THEORY TO GERONTOLOGY SYSTEMS Application of Psychosocial Theory to Gerontology Systems Grand Canyon University: SOC-386February 15, 20191
APPLICATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL THEORY TO GERONTOLOGY SYSTEMSApplication of Psychosocial Theory to Gerontology SystemsIt is evident that the older population is growing rapidly and that the number of older persons in the world is expected to exceed the number of young individuals for the first time in history (Martin, Kosberg, Sun, & Durkin, 2012). In this paper we will determine the roles of a generalist practitioner for the caregivers of the Alzheimer’s patients, look at coping recommendations for the challenges of the Alzheimer’s patient and the caregiver, discuss what skills I would like to gain as a beginning practitioner in the field of aging or gerontology, and lastly reflect and analyze why or why not I might have an interest in working with seniors or the elderly. Role of Generalist PractitionerThe role of an overall generalist practitioner is to use “different lenses, or theories” that “are presented and coupled with practice situation, from assessment through evaluation, that are designed to assist you in increasing your understanding of the importance of linking theory to practice” (Langer & Lietz, 2014). The role of generalist practitioners for the caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients can be to identify the needs, create effective resources to meet those needs and to package those resources for them (Martin, et al., 2012). When social workers are working with an aging client they are “assisting entry into residential settings or managing the client, theirfamily, and their experience once placed in such settings” (McCallion & Ferretti, 2010, p. 66). The role of social workers has expanded as they are not only to manage the quality of life of the patient but also have the support of caregivers for the patient. It is also stated that social work services that address aging and care giving needs would benefit from greater access to evidence-based practices (McCallion & Ferretti, 2010). If social workers assist the caregivers in providing resources based on evidence-based practices, the caregivers would be able to employ these 2
APPLICATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL THEORY TO GERONTOLOGY SYSTEMSideologies into the care of their patient. It is also a role of the social work profession to advocate