Catherine is an elder adult who has been brought to counseling by her daughter Linda. As Linda introduces herself to you prior to your first session with Catherine, she shares her concern for Catherine’s well- being because of Catherine’s insistence that she continue to live unassisted in the family home.
Catherine presents herself as a well-maintained, self-sufficient, proud individual who is uninterested in relinquishing her freedom or in becoming any more of a burden to her family.
Catherine appears to enjoy a trusting relationship with you and soon begins to look forward to her weekly sessions. She shares many stories from her rich life and begins to confide more and more in you as the weeks go by.
Eventually Catherine begins to share her recurrent memory lapses and forgetfulness with you. She cites examples of behavior that are indeed worrisome, even to her, such as forgetting to assure that household appliances and cooking facilities are safely turned off after their use.