As social workers, we want to be especially aware of the signs and symptoms of depression in our clients. One population that may be particularly vulnerable to depression is the elderly. Often, depression in the elderly is difficult to distinguish from the various medical conditions that arise during the later stages of life. Untreated depression is truly frightening in this population as it often increases the risk for cardiac diseases and exacerbates a person’s ability to recover from other illnesses.
Before you graduate from The Rutgers School of Social Work, make sure you take Professor Mark Lamar. During my first year as an MSW student, I had the good fortunate to take Mr. Lamar twice. Through these experiences, I observed first-hand the quality of character that this man possesses. He is kind and compassionate. He makes personal connections with each and every one of his students. He gladly lends all of his experience to his classes. He is incredibly giving and selfless. Quite simply, Professor Lamar is the man.
“They’re overworked and underpaid. Are you sure you want to be just a social worker?”
Yes, I am. In fact, I’m excited to be an agent of change. Everyone has suffered at some point in their life, with no exception to me. Suffering can be painful, but from that comes growth. Sometimes a person cannot see past the pain. A social worker can help empower – can be an agent of change – to that person in need. On a larger scale, a social worker can develop services, direct an agency, or create policy.
I entered Rutgers Social Work with modest, cynical plans. I wanted to earn my degree as quickly as possible: minimal fanfare, perhaps a few decent references. My undergraduate reverence to academic greatness had withered away, post-recession. “Forget summa cum laude,” I told myself. “I’ll take a job, please.” I didn’t begin my classes with, shall we say, wide eyes and hopeful excitement. I told myself enjoyment and fulfillment would be secondary. In effect, I had prepared myself to be an unfulfilled, soon-to-be burned out social worker.
Google is one of the largest and most successful tech giants in the world today. In the past decade, Google has become as ubiquitous to the internet as McDonald’s restaurants have to the fast food industry. When internet users need to perform a search, they refer to the process as “Googling it”. From humble beginnings as a search engine, Google has expanded its services to encompass a variety of functions. Of particular significance is Google+, Google’s answer to Facebook.
A job interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared.
Mr. Jones* is scheduled to meet with his family doctor today. He is 83 years old and has a history of hypertension, congestive heart failure, anxiety and depression. His health has declined since his wife of 55 years passed away 2 years ago. He lives by himself and is having trouble finding joy at home. He sits in the waiting room with his daughter who drove him to his appointment. Next to the receptionist desk, he notices a flyer that reads “Now a Patient-Centered Medical Home!” Mr. Jones is called in to see his doctor. After treating him medically, Mr.