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It is however, extremely important to gain knowledge as to what religion the client may have and what beliefs the client may have before any type of tools are needed. Once this hasoccurred, the methods to helping these individuals are also important to know. This will help the client and the social worker overcome the difficult stressors that may be impactingthe client. Interventions can be addressed by prayer. However, this should be suggested by the client. This is why the social worker or mental health therapist needs to gain as much PUBLISHED
knowledge before there is a suggestion regarding intervention. Breathing techniques along with yoga can also work during these difficult times. This of course just depends on the client and which route they would like to take in regards to intervention.Monod, S. M., Rochat, E., Büla, C. J., Jobin, G., Martin, E., & Spencer, B. (2010). The spiritual distress assessment tool: An instrument to assess spiritual distress in hospitalized elderly persons. BMC Geriatrics, 10, 88.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.Hi Melissa,End of life is a fact, but religion is a personal thing. The client needs to know the value of life. This is the same for social workers, we value our life. So, what are we doing with it? Helping others. Have we not thought about the end of our time? Yes, but we know that will come a little later, so, we help those that go before us, understand that it is ok to go, your life had meaning. This will require that we are the last ones to hear a life story.Rhonda Florence RE: Discussion 1 - Week 11 Initial postAddressing spirituality with the elderly is importance because of the beliefs the individuals may have and the cultural and traditional practices used in support of their spirituality. Oftentimes, elderly patients are under hospice care going through end-of-life stages. This can be hard on the client and their families. The social worker must decide in support of providing the client’s need during this time. There is a great significance in addressing spirituality with the elderly because their beliefs can affect their reaction to the illness they are dealing with. Studies have provided evidence of significant association between spirituality and better mental, physical, and functional health, especially in cancer, HIV, and hospice patients (Monod et al., 2010).Based upon the clients’ involvement in a specific religion or not, interventions such as the use of a Chaplin, prayer and rituals, meditation, yoga, a tai chi with the elderly can prove to be beneficial for this population. If a client believes in prayer and practice specific ritualsin regard to their religion, this can be supportive to their mental, physical, and functional health. Yoga and tai chi are physical activities the elderly can participate in the promotes physical and mental relaxation and wellness. In some cases, the elderly lives in poverty