Mental Health Assessment – Complete a mental health assessment of an older adult (Age 55 and over) following the guidelines below. The assessment should be 10 double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and should reflect the assessment information and concepts covered in this course. Your assessment should include summaries of the following:
1. Identifying info: Sex, age, ethnicity or race, living arrangements, financial resources, marital status. Include a brief description of your relationship with the person including the context/circumstances of the interaction. Do not include the client’s real name. (1 paragraph) 5 points
2. Presenting Problem: reason(s) the client is seeking assistance (#1 and #2 combined should be no more than 1 page). 5 points
3. Physical status: disabilities, chronic or acute illnesses, ADL & IADL functioning, sensory impairments. Indicate what, if any, impact these have on psychological and social functioning. 15 points
4. Strengths: Personal and Environmental (consider the full range of strengths a person may have). 10 points
5. Psychological status: mental status, current mental health issue (e.g. dementia, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, severe mental illness, other) – symptoms, duration and severity of symptoms, contributing factors; prior episodes of this or other mental health issues. 15 points
6. Lifespan perspective – losses (physical, cognitive, social, etc.) and gains the
individual has experienced; what factors across the lifespan have contributed to this individual being at risk; how the client has adapted/not adapted to loss and change. Use the selection-optimization-compensation model to discuss this adaptation. 15 points
7.Results of a standardized measurement tool – select and administer a brief standardized scale that measures a domain that is relevant to the primary challenge with which your client is dealing (e.g. cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, etc.). Describe the scale, the scoring (e.g. possible scores range from 0-20 with higher scores indicating greater depression) and the score for your client. 10 points
8.Diversity issues – what diversity issues (e.g. gender, race, SES, sexual orientation, country of birth, etc.) are involved in this case? How do these issues impact this client (include both strengths and impediments) and the major mental issue(s) facing the client? 5 points
9.Overall assessment of the client’s current functioning -including strengths, vulnerabilities, and adaptation. Don’t just summarize the facts stated above. Rather, integrate and interpret the facts like we did in the case studies throughout the semester. 15 points
• Quality of writing (spelling and grammar, appropriate use of APA 7th style)
5 points
• Use headers to identify the various sections of your paper! You must include each section and every question within the 9 sections listed above in your paper. At times students skip complete sections or fail to respond to the items/questions listed for a section(s). This results in a lower grade. So, read the assignment description carefully.

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