Geneva Today 's Life Span Stage Developmentally Essay

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Geneva Quinn is experiencing major crisis; she is grieving over the death of her husband and going through changes in her health. For example, physical and mental decline. Geneva is an African American, who is eighty-four years old. She is a widow, her husband, Anthony, recently died of cancer at sixty-four years old. She is a strong woman who is active in the community. Geneva marched in Alabama for voters rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is very active in the church; helping with weekly community meals. Financially, Geneva has sufficient means to support herself as long as Medicare does not get cut. Also, she receives a small social security check along with her husband’s pension check. Geneva is in the later adulthood life-span stage developmentally, According to Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, she is physically where she should be as far as her health. She is experiencing normal developmental occurrences for older adults. However, due to normal aging, she has developed arthritis, hearing loss, forgetfulness, diabetes, and depression. She is a breast cancer survivor. She is experiencing senescence, the proper process of physical change that accompanies aging. Enduring all these changes in her life, she maintains resiliency. Geneva is in Erickson’s psychosocial stage crisis Ego Integrity versus Despair. She has Ego Integrity because she reflects on her accomplishments and appreciates life. She is more in the integrity than the despair part of Erickson’s

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