A Case Study: Family Theory and Alzheimer's Disease
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This paper develops a case study that applies family therapy theory to a special needs problem, in this case Alzheimer's disease. First, the extent of the family problem is discussed, including demographics such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, illness, economics, environment, religion, and social supports. Next, one theoretical model is chosen for this case and the reasons for this choice are explained. A definition of this theory is then offered, followed by a discussion and application of interviewing and counseling skills. Three specific uses for this theory are then applied and, finally, the impact of relevant health-care policy is examined.
From the Paper:"Alzheimer's disease is perhaps one of the most difficult chronic illnesses to cope with, not only for the individual suffering from the malady, but for family and loved ones, as well. This occurs mainly because the family has a sense that they have lost their loved one even before that person has died, due to the dementia that the disease brings. In a journal article for Family and Community Health, Clark and Standard (1996) note that "Although it is commonly believed that US society typically abandons its elders to extended care facilities, studies show that it is the family that usually bears primary responsibility for care of chronically ill and dependent elders." This is precisely the type of case on which this paper will focus. The family in question is providing care for their loved one, but the burden and stress are becoming overbearing."
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A Case Study: Family Theory and Alzheimer's Disease (2006, December 01) Retrieved September 23, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/a-case-study-family-theory-and-alzheimer-disease-89699/
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