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Wednesday, April 17 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
The Role of Individualized Assistance in Addressing Depression and Isolation

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Doris (name changed to protect confidentiality) is a 77-year-old woman who was moved to a skilled living program following a fall. Since her incident, she has withdrawn from day-to-day activities, reduced her engagement with peers, and shows signs of depression. Continued activity is critically important for older adults to insure appropriate cognitive and physical functioning and quality of life (Watts, Burns, Mortby, 2018; Andre, Ferrand, Albinet, Audiffren, 2018). Without this, research suggests that older adults may experience diminished brain functioning, greater bodily impairment, and reduced “will to live” (Loprinzi, 2013). This research study investigates whether case management and one-on-one engagement activities can yield greater socialization and reduced depressive symptoms in this older adult. Using a single subject design, the social work researcher will determine the effectiveness of the intervention using the “Fox Run Depression Scale” and target behavior scaling. Recommendations for further assistance are also provided.


Wednesday April 17, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
RIC 101
  • Moderator Diane Bessel-Matteson