Essay on The Social Work Of A Geriatric Social Worker

1226 Words May 6th, 2016 null Page
When I 'm finished with school I want to be in the social work profession. The beauty of social work is there are so many different groups of people that I can help. I have yet to decide which group specifically I would like to help, but for right now let 's say I want to be a geriatric social worker. As a geriatric social worker there are many things I am going to need to know about older adults and their lives. I am going to need to know about the stages of grieving, the affects of care-giving on the older adults and the family, along with my communication styles and how I can better change them to work with older adults. I will also need to know what social services I can provide for them to make their lives better. I am going to start with the stages of grieving. It is very important for me as a geriatric social worker to understand the stages of grieving. My main job as a social worker will be to find program and services for the older adults for their own well-being, but sometimes I will also have to work as a counselor to my clients. I will need to help them cope with all the losses they are dealing with such as the loss of their ability to drive or the loss of their house. I will also have to help them cope with losses such as the loss of a loved one like a family member or friend. Older adults spend a great deal of energy on adapting to the changes in their lives especially to those brought about by loss. They have to find time to recover from the stresses of the…

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