As individuals grow older, they experience biological changes, but how they experience these changes varies considerably. Senescence, or
the process of aging, “affects different people, and various parts of the body, at different rates” (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016, p.
What factors affect the aging process? Why do some individuals appear to age faster than others? In this Discussion you address these
questions and consider how, you, as a social worker, might apply your understanding of the aging process to your work with older clients.
To prepare for this Discussion, read “Working With the Aging: The Case of Francine” in Social Work Case Studies: Foundation Year.
By Day 3
Post a Discussion in which you:
Apply your understanding of the aging process to Francine’s case. How might Francine’s environment have influenced her aging process? How
might you, as Francine’s social worker, apply your knowledge of the aging process to her case?
Identify an additional strategy you might use to apply your knowledge of the aging process to social work practice with older clients in
general. Explain why you would use the strategy.