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Developing a Positive Outlook on Aging and Mental Illness

This relates to mental illnesses that go along with it (GAD, PD, PTSD, OCD, etc.). The script is as follows: The lady in the video is 70ish, well dressed, but spoke in a expressionless monotone fashion. She never uncrossed her arms. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Mrs. Williams: I can't see how you can help me in my situation. As I'm getting older, I have my own physical limitations. My hearing is progressively getting worse, which is an isolating fact. My arthritis is also limiting. My friends, whom I've spent a lifetime forming relationships with, are either sick, dying or already gone. I can't see what you can do to help me in this situation.

Here are the questions:

What life changes has this woman experienced?

What impact-physical and/or psychological-might you expect these changes to have had on the woman's life?

If you were the therapist to whom this woman was speaking, how might you respond to her assertion that there is nothing that you can do to help her?

As a Christian counselor how might you view this woman and her problem?

Are there any Christian interventions that you believe might help this woman?

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1) What life changes has this woman experienced?

In the interview, Mrs. Williams states: "I'm getting older, I have my own physical limitations. My hearing is progressively getting worse, which is an isolating fact. My arthritis is also limiting. My friends, whom I've spent a lifetime forming relationships with, are either sick, dying or already gone. Therefore the life changes she has experienced are:
a. I'm getting older-Aging
b. I have my own physical limitations (arthritis, progressive hearing loss)-Physical/health deterioration
c. I feel isolated (due to progressive hearing loss)-Isolation
d. My friends are either sick, dying or already gone-Abandonment

2) What impact?physical and/or psychological?might you expect these changes to have had on the woman's life?

Due to her physical limitations, Mrs. Williams will more than likely remain socially isolated. Many individuals tend to withdraw from others when they are going through physical pain. That is quite understandable. Pain can cause individuals to feel ...

Solution Summary

This is a thorough assessment of an elderly lady who's feeling down and lonely. Recommendations (including spiritual) are also given that will help her develop a more fulfilling and positive outlook on life.

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