Case scenario: Joseph is an 83-year-old migrant who lives alone. He…
Joseph is an 83-year-old migrant who lives alone. He has been depressed since his
wife died 8 years ago. His house is old and in need of substantial repairs and is very
cold in winter. There is no heating as Joseph feels he cannot afford the power bills to
heat the house. Joseph receives an aged care pension payment every fortnight. He is
physically frail and is at times unsteady on his feet and has had a few falls. Joseph has
hypertension that is managed with medication and no other known medical
conditions. He drinks approximately 4 beers on approximately 4-5 nights of the week.
He has a strained relationship with his daughter Pricilla who has reported to the
practice nurse that Joseph’s drinking has slowly increased since he lost his wife. The
practice nurse has noted that Joseph appears sleepy, morose, withdrawn and lacking
emotional expression despite the antidepressants he has been prescribed. Joseph has
basic cooking skills however finds that cooking for one person is too much bother
most of the time. Joseph has had a strong faith and attends his place of worship
regularly however he chooses not to socialise as he believes that the community are
only offering him pity since his wife died and he does not want people to feel sorry
Q1. Identify and analyse one sociological risk factor that may influence Joseph’s health risk.
Max 500 words
APA7 reference style
Rubric – Relevant sociological factors that may influence health risk are clearly and comprehensively analysed. All literature selected is high quality, relevant, contemporary, and skilfully used to support the discussion.