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    After reading Harper and Shoffner's article (Attached) can you synthesize the concepts about older workers and LGBT clients.

    -Analyzes some of your own biases and assumptions about these groups.
    States how you will address and overcome some of your limitations.

    -Shares from your own real-world experiences a time when you demonstrated your insight and understanding while considering oppressed or marginalized groups. For example, perhaps you advocated hiring an applicant from a minority group who was equally prepared for a vacant position in your office.

    300 words or more with scholarly references

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    . (1) After reading Harper and Shoffner's article (Attached) can you synthesize the concepts about older workers and LGBT clients.

    Research suggests that aging is associated with many challenges and changes in many areas including postretirement concerns. For example, aging leads to a decline in physical, emotional and cognitive functioning. Cognitive factors such as: (a) comprehension, (b) memory, (c) ability, (d) perception and reasoning, (e) and (f) language and problem-solving skills are stated to decline as individuals grow older. Other factors include depression (e.g. lack of life satisfaction) and loneliness (Santrock, 2006). The Couldin & Alexopoulos (2010) Study revealed that negative stereotyping of older adults result in problems such as: (a) risk taking, (98b) higher feelings of loneliness, and (d) more frequent help-seeking behavior address. There are several ways that the counselor can help older people to overcome stereotypes and discrimination including:

    • Identify and describe strategies that can be used to mitigate the impact of these conditions or improve the problems older workers encounter
    • Address the stereotypes associated with aging and suggest ways the person can overcome these stereotypes.
    • Discuss their isolation, and show them how to become socially interactive (e., g. correspondence and activities).

    Moreover, stipulated in the American Psychological Association's (APA, 2000) Ethical Codes, practitioners need to develop skills that would make them more competent in working with the older population, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) clients. Other research has indicated, it is the lack of knowledge regarding LGBT issues that helps to fuel negative attitudes toward gay and lesbian person (Greene & Britton, 2013). According to Greene and Britton, the discrimination of this group ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution discusses the challenges of working with marginalized groups involving older workers and LGBT clients.