Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Religion, Spiritualty & Aging

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Religion, Spiritualty & Aging

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Snodgrass, J. (2009).

Toward holistic care: Integrating spirituality and cognitive behavioral therapy for older adults Vol. 21, 219-236.

As life expectancy increases, the older adult population is growing. Snodgrass identified this group as an underserved population in America. She argued that their needs could be holistically met through integrating spirituality with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

After a review of aging and mental health, Snodgrass stated that CBT is an effective therapy with older adults because it focuses on the here and now, teaches coping strategies for managing stressors, has the ability to help clients challenge stereotypes about aging, effectively addresses many of the diagnoses common in the older adult population (e.g., depression, anxiety), and offers a positive model for processing and adjusting to losses in life.

Therapists working with the elderly should also seek to expand their knowledge of the elderly and physical illness as well as make contacts with possible treatment resources for this population (e.g., doctors). They may also find it useful to collaborate with other professionals or the client's family/caregivers. …

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