Strategies for Therapy with the Elderly: Living with Hope and Meaning

Strategies for Therapy with the Elderly: Living with Hope and Meaning

Strategies for Therapy with the Elderly: Living with Hope and Meaning

Strategies for Therapy with the Elderly: Living with Hope and Meaning

Synopsis

Newly revised and updated! In this second edition, Brody and Semel contend that meaningful and successful therapy can be accomplished with an aging population, debunking the belief that the elderly can not pick up or put into practice newly acquired information. Rather, the way in which therapy with aging adults is approached may affect the way in which the therapist initially experiences and reacts to the client because of stereotypes about aging.

Excerpt

This book encompasses three major areas of work with elderly clients (aged 60 and older) functioning on a continuum of autonomy: living in nursing homes; living in assisted living housing, while participating in community-oriented activities for the aged; living independently and being seen in private practice. It also explores issues of the new political reality—reimbursement of nonmedical mental health providers under Medicare—and deals with some caregiving issues at home.

Part I has two new chapters: treatment of stress and mental disorders in the elderly, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, a fairly new area of expertise. The overall theme of this book continues to be that meaningful therapy can be accomplished with an aging/ elderly population wherever they are found. Furthermore, we contend that what can truly be unique with the aging client are the feelings, thoughts, and assumptions of the therapist. If the therapist initially experiences negative reactions to a client because of stereotypes about aging, acknowledging the possibility of maturation and hope through psychotherapy can shape his or her perspective.

A sub-theme of this book is the contention that persons with serious mental disorders—such as dementia—no matter what their ages or condition, can be empowered to develop more mature coping styles. Therapy for elderly male and female clients is described throughout the book, using case history material and group vignettes to illustrate the process.

The work is composed of a variety of approaches, ranging from eclectic small group formats for nursing home residents, to group . . .

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