Social Work with Older Adults Midterm

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Social Work with Older Adults Midterm
2013-10-24 22:35:47
Social Work Older Adults

Review of all the knowledge covered in BGSU's Social Work with Older Adults class.
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  1. Risk Factors for Suicide Among Older Adults
    • Suicidal Ideation/ Behavior
    • Family History
    • Mental Illness
    • Personality Factors
    • Medical Illness
    • Negative Life events/transitions
    • Functional impairment
  2. Personality Risk Factors as Suicide Factors (PERPI)
    • ›Personality disorders,
    • Emotional instability,
    • Rigid personality,
    • Poor coping skills,
    • Introversion
  3. Medical Illness as a suicide risk factor
    • Pain,
    • Chronic illness,
    • Sensory impairment,
    • Perceived or anticipated/feared illness
  4. Negative Life Events  as a suicide risk factor (FSDFE)
    • Family discord,
    • Separation,
    • Death or other losses,
    • Financial or legal,
    • Employment/retirement difficulties
  5. Functional Impairment as a suicide risk factor (LP)
    • Loss of independence,
    • Problems with activities of daily living
  6. Resiliency/Protective Factors (SGRAPE)
    • Sense of meaning/ hope
    • Religion
    • Active social networks and support from family/friends
    • ›Good health practices
    • ›Positive help-seeking behaviors
    • Engagement in activities of personal interest
  7. Assessment
    • ›Is there a plan? when and how? 
    • Is the means/method available?
    • Is the individual alone?
    • Has the individual ever attempted suicide?
    • Is the individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  8. Importance of a Biopsychosocial Assessment
    • First step in helping the older adult obtain services and resources
    • Improve the quality of life and
    • Maintain independent living
  9. When is a Biopsychosocial Assessment conducted?
    • usually following a change in the older adult’s life, I.E-
    • illness, fall, loss, change in living arrangements, or some evidence
    • of difficulty observed by a family member or caregiver.