For this weeks assignment, you will use the format of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) as a framework for assessing the experiences of people who are at least 70-years-old today. The idea is that you are writing up the results of an assessment that could be relevant for anyone who falls into this age category based on your own research. You are not to assess or diagnose a specific person. Rather than having a specific person as a client for this assessment think of this generation as your client. You will not be gathering information on an individual through a clinical interview, you will gather information on this generation through research (internet, library, books, newspapers, etc.). While you are not assessing an individual person, you may use people in this age range as sources of information. As you work through the different elements of the CGA, keep in mind that the intersectional nature of diversity plays a role in all of these elements. As a reminder, diversity is understood as the intersectionality of multiple factors, including but not limited to, age, class, color, culture, disability and ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, and tribal sovereign status. Be certain to refer to these elements of diversity in your response.
Your research and written assessment must, at the very least, include these categories of information, though the component of the CGA should serve as your guide:
- Background both historical and present on the researched generation
- Functional Factors
- Health Issues
- Emotional Well-being
- Social, Economic, and Environmental well-being
Examples of the types of information you will want to gather for this assessment:
For historical background information: Conduct research on major events, societal norms, and trends that most people age 70 or over would have experienced. For instance, what were the usual roles for men and women in the 1950s? How did that change in the 1960s? What was it like to experience the gas crisis of the 1970s?
For present background information: How do most people in this age category live today? Where do they live- at home? In nursing homes? In assisted living? What are cultural conventions for care of older people in the US? Are there cultural differences in the way older people live?
For health issues: What are the most common health issues suffered by people in this age group? What are the co-morbidities of these issues? What are treatments for these issues? Are there side effects to these treatments that impact health status? Describe how you might collaborate with providers from other disciplines to assure your assessment is complete.
Submit the results of your research in a 4-6 paper based on the format of the CGA.
Support your assignment with at least three scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including seminal articles, may be included.