Late Adulthood

Module 4: Late Adulthood Analysis


The purpose of this assignment is to have students complete an analysis of late adulthood.

Course Outcomes

Apply critical thinking skills when integrating multiple sources of knowledge, data, and research to analyze theories and perspectives on human development and behavior.

Demonstrate knowledge of human diversity focusing on groups distinguished by age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, culture, gender identity and expression, gender, marital status, political ideology, immigration status, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.


****Eileen is an 81-year-old white female and has been living in her home for many years. Very recently, she lost the sight in her right eye, due to diabetes. She remains active but is not very self-assured in taking public transportation. She was born in Trinidad and arrived in the U.S. when she was a young adult. Much of her life, she has remained an active role in her church and identified as a Seventh-day Adventist. She was involved in her community and participated in choir, too. She has a large family whom she is close with; however, the recent change in her health, due to her eye condition, required her to stay home more often, and she does not visit with them very often. She earned a BA and was working for many years in the Department of Housing near her home. Even though she is relatively active, she claims that she is feeling a bit isolated and removed from her friends. Many of her close friends are also experiencing some challenges with their health, and she claims she is seeing more and more of that happening.




1. Provide a description of the case using a bio-psycho-social framework and using appropriate developmental stages to explain current development of the case.

2. What are the three most important pieces of information pertaining to her development in late adulthood?

3. How can you use the data from the second question to evaluate the development of Eileen?

4. How can you use issues of diversity in this case to assess the client?

5. Evaluate the usefulness of a framework with this or other cases of older adults.

6. Begin your conclusion with how this informs your understanding of the importance of a life course perspective. Also, what is the implication for practice in this case?

Directions and Grading Criteria

Category Points Description
Introduction 5 Introduce the case and presents it as you would in a case conference.
Application of theoretical framework and description of the client 30 · Describe the individual based on biological, psychological, social, and theoretical framework appropriate for the age.

· Apply an appropriate framework for the case with a good description.

Identify important issues pertaining to development 25 What are the three most important pieces of information pertaining to Eileen’s development in late adulthood?
Use of data from the second question to evaluate development of Eileen 10 How can you use the data from the second question to evaluate development of Eileen?


Identify issues of diversity 10 Identify issues of diversity.
Evaluate the usefulness of a framework with this or other cases of older adults 5 Use critical thinking skills in evaluating the usefulness of the framework k with this case and other older adults.
Summary 5 Provide a summation of thoughts and understanding of various skills.
Total: 100 A quality essay will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.