Are there any special considerations relating to grief/loss in older adults?

Lesson 13 Discussion 1
After reviewing the readings, please consider the following in your discussion post:
· Please share your thoughts on the readings.
· What did you learn about death and dying practices around the world and how can this help you in your practice as a Social Worker working with older adults and their families?
· Please share your thoughts relating to the Death and Dignity Acts?
· Are there any special considerations relating to grief/loss in older adults?
A minimum of 250 words or one page.
Lesson 13 Discussion 2
It is important for all people to consider advanced care planning but even more important for older adults and their families. Please review the Five Wishes sample form and resource “Talking About Your Wishes”:
Talking About Your Wishes- https://fivewishes.org/docs/default-source/resources/talking-about-your-wishes.pdf
Five Wishes Sample- https://fivewishes.org/docs/default-source/Samples/five-wishes-sample.pdf
Please consider the following in your discussion post:
· What are the most important things for families to talk about relating to advanced care planning?
· How could this tool be helpful in your current or future practice with clients/families?
· What might be some of the challenges in working with families relating to advanced care planning?
A minimum of 250 words or one page.
Lesson 13 Assignment
Please view the video: Facing Death – https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/facing-death/
In medical settings such as a hospital, a Social Worker is often involved as part of the interdisciplinary team. A Social Worker may be asked to be present to provide support to the patient or family in discussing diagnoses, prognosis, or end-of-life issues. A Social Worker may also be needed to support the family when the death of the patient is imminent and after the loss of their loved one.
After reviewing the video, please submit a 1–2-page Assignment including the following:
· What are your thoughts after reviewing the video?
· How might you respond when finding out a client has a terminal illness and facing death?
· How comfortable are you in discussing grief, loss, and end-of-life issues?
Approximately 1-2 pages and include high-quality writing. Please include a title page and double-check all spelling and grammar before submitting. Also, please make sure to cite all relevant information and include references as appropriate.
READING RESOURCES
The Nine Stages of Grief in Older Adults- https://ageinplace.org/Blog/Post/5508/The-Nine-Stages-of-Grief-in-Older-Adults
Grief and Loneliness in the Aged- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/understanding-grief/201903/grief-and-loneliness-in-the-aged
Different Cultural Beliefs in Death and Dying Practices- https://dying.lovetoknow.com/death-cultures-around-world/different-cultural-beliefs-death-dying-practices
Death with Dignity Acts- https://deathwithdignity.org/resources/
Rational Suicide- https://khn.org/news/rational-suicide-seniors-preemptive-death-medical-aid-in-dying/
Long Term Care: The Role of Social Workers in End-of-Life Care- https://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/ND18p30.shtml
Videos:- (2010 Nov 9). Facing death. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/facing-death/
Lesson 14 Discussion
Please consider the following in your discussion post:
· Please share your thoughts after reviewing the readings and video.
· What are the main differences between hospice and palliative care?
· What do you understand to be the role of a Hospice Social Worker?
A minimum of 250 words or one page.
Lesson 14 Assignment
Thomas is an 85-year-old, Caucasian male who has been admitted to the hospital for the past two weeks related to his end-stage kidney disease. Thomas’ medical doctor has requested you as the Social Worker be present as he discusses the end-of-life planning with the patient and his family. Thomas has stated he no longer wishes to continue with dialysis though his family has tried to encourage him to continue as they don’t want him to die.
For this assignment, please complete a 1–2-page Assignment and discuss what information you would need to know about palliative and hospice care, as well as end-of-life issues in working with this patient and family. How would you support the patient and family during this time?
Approximately 1-2 pages and include high-quality writing. Please include a title page and double-check all spelling and grammar before submitting. Also, please make sure to cite all relevant information and include references as appropriate.
Lesson 14 Readings and Videos
Aging Well Text Chapter 5- https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/23190
Long Term Care: The Role of the Social Worker in End-of-Life Care-  https://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/ND18p30.shtml
What are the Differences and Commonalities Between Hospice and Palliative Care-  https://www.vitas.com/hospice-and-palliative-care-basics/about-palliative-care/hospice-vs-palliative-care-whats-the-difference
A Day in the Life of a Hospice Social Worker-  https://www.vitas.com/hospice-and-palliative-care-basics/the-hospice-care-team/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-hospice-social-worker
The Distinct Role of a Hospice Social Worker-  https://www.hrrv.org/blog/the-distinct-role-of-a-hospice-social-worker/
Palliative Care and Hospice Care- https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-palliative-care-and-hospice-care

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