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Late Adulthood Intervention Analysis Cara N Fuller PSY-FP7210: Lifespan Development Capella University January 20, 2021
Late Adulthood Case Intervention Analysis: Wilma This case study focuses on Wilma, an eight seven year old in late adulthood. Wilma has excellent medical care and the support of family. Wilma is currently feeling isolated due to social distancing measures she is following for her safety. Psychological theory can be applied to what Wilma is struggling with to help develop an intervention plan. Wilma’s culture also plays a role in how she handles late adulthood. Areas of Challenge Areas of challenge for Wilma include concerns about isolation causing depression, struggling with maintaining independence and the burden of being the primary care giver for her spouse. Wilma may also be showing signs of reduced cognitive ability or Alzheimer’s disease. Executive functions, controlled by the frontal lobe, generally show the first signs of age related decline. Brain volume, cortical thickness and neurotransmitter efficiency all show sign of decline as people age ( Broderick & Blewitt 2020) . Wilma is showing signs of the beginning stage of Alzheimer’s disease. General confusion, getting lost and repeating things are all signs of this. If Wilma does in fact have Alzheimer’s, the condition will get worse over the next several years ( Alzheimer’s Association, 2012 ). Providing care for Wilma’s spouse has both benefits and consequences for her own health. The ability to care for her aging spouse while she is aging herself may help increase Wilma’s sense of worth or sense of pride. However the costs are high as well. A term called the care burden includes cost of care that includes psychological, physical, occupational, social and financial costs (Roberto 2016).
Theory The very well-known psychologist, Erik Erikson, took a specific interest in the final stage of life, late adulthood. Erikson proposed that the primary psychosocial task of this stage of life is to maintain what he called ego integrity. Ego integrity is holding onto ones sense of wholeness while avoiding despair. According to Erikson, those who are successful in this develop wisdom ( Schaie & Willis, 2011).

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