Elder Adults: Case of Catherine
Case Study Transcript
Catherine is an elder adult who has been brought to counseling by her daughter Linda. As Linda introduces herself to you prior to your first session with Catherine, she shares her concern for Catherine’s well- being because of Catherine’s insistence that she continue to live unassisted in the family home.
Catherine presents herself as a well-maintained, self-sufficient, proud individual who is uninterested in relinquishing her freedom or in becoming any more of a burden to her family.
Catherine appears to enjoy a trusting relationship with you and soon begins to look forward to her weekly sessions. She shares many stories from her rich life and begins to confide more and more in you as the weeks go by.
Eventually Catherine begins to share her recurrent memory lapses and forgetfulness with you. She cites examples of behavior that are indeed worrisome, even to her, such as forgetting to assure that household appliances and cooking facilities are safely turned off after their use.
She turns to you and asks, “Is this the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease?”
Explain how you would work with Catherine by addressing the following areas:
1. Research the chances of being diagnosed with Alzheimer?s as an elderly adult. Explain the numerical data from at least three different studies that support your findings as outlined below. Find at least three studies that discuss Alzheimer’s Disease and that include a table or graph of data that displays the percentages or numerical differences in being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in regards to variations of age, gender, and/or race. Explain the differences of the data from each of the three studies. You should compare the averages among different categories within each study being sure to cite each study using APA in-text citation and reference format.
How would you explain this to Catherine and her family?
2. Investigate the legal challenges of working with elder adult clients. What are the main legal issues associated with working with this population? Describe and discuss the reporting laws in your state. How might you expect to address such legal issues and requirements in your work with elder adult populations?
3. What are the ethical and legal implications of this case study? What roles does informed consent play in this case? What are your concerns? How will you address these implications in working with Catherine?
4. What, if any, mandatory reporting challenges do you see?
5. How might you assess and evaluate Catherine’s needs at this time? Incorporate any diagnostic guidelines from a professional organization that may help you to diagnosis Catherine and determine your legal obligations on her behalf.
6. As Catherine’s counselor, how might you direct therapy from this point forward?
Please be sure to actively introduce Catherine’s case study in your paper. You should include specifics of Catherine’s case in illustrating your understanding and research of our topic.