Term Paper: Family Assessment

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¶ … family assessment on the Calhoun family, from the movie the Notebook, written by Nicholas Sparks. The writer includes all of the basic elements that an assessment is supposed to include.

The family members are named Noah and Allie Calhoun. They are both in their 90's and they live in a town called New Bern. Noah completed high school and then went into the military during World War II, while Allie completed high school and went to college while studying poetry and other things that would be useful to being a wife during those times.

While Allie never worked, she came from a wealthy family that owned tobacco companies. Noah had always worked and came from what was considered a lower class background in the early days of their courtship.

Both Noah and Allie are from a Christian background though they are not extremely active in any particular faith or church activities during their early courtship.

Both Noah and Allie are white.

Currently both Noah and Allie reside in the same residential nursing home. In the past no mental illness was reported however, currently Allie suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Physically both the Calhouns are above average looking even given their advanced ages. They reported that in their youth they were considered above average looking as well.

The family reports that the members have always had open and honest communication. The parents get along well and they raised their children to become productive adult members of society.

The Calhouns interact well within the residential nursing home setting, though they report that Noah snuck into Allie's room when they were forcibly separated due to Allie's deteriorating disease.

Until Allie became ill with Alzheimer's she and Noah were reportedly able to perform their own basic hygiene functions. When they got where they could no longer live on their own they moved into the nursing home. Until that point they reported they were able to fulfill family tasks according to societal norms of their era.

The family reports that the couple have what they need to sustain life. They are fed at the nursing home and prior to their entering their senior years Noah provided for the family through his employment.

These provisions allowed them to live at a normal healthy level.

While the couple reports they no longer engage in sexual relations due to Allie's condition, they report that they had a normal active sex life up until the onset of her illness.

There are no children under the age of 18 at this time. They did have children and raised them to adulthood where they now are productive in society.

At this point in their lives Noah and Allie are completely dependent on the nursing home staff for their well being and protection, however, Noah reports that for many years the family members depended on him when he was younger, and as he began to age he and his wife began to depend on their adult children. Noah reports now that they reside at the nursing home he and Allie dependent heavily on the staff to protect them from physical and emotional harm.

Nursing staff reports that the Calhouns adult children visit often and call daily to inquire about their… [END OF PREVIEW]

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