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Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice

by Adelle Williams SAGE Publications, Inc
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Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice is a core text on courses for working with older adults. The first part of the book provides an overview of the aging process followed by a presentation of what constitutes healthy aging. The second part presents common issues faced by older adults, including health and mental health challenges as well as lifestyle consideration and societal perceptions of older adulthood. The third part presents essential skills of working with older adults and specifically ties them to CACREP competencies. Finally the last part presents a critique of the different models. The unique aspect of this text is that it focuses on the healthy aspects of aging as well as the strengths, assets, positive behaviors and resiliency of older adults. 

Part I. Overview of the Normative Aging Process, Aging Theories, Positive Aging and the Helping Process
Chapter 1: Introduction
Normative Changes Which Accompany Aging
Chapter 2: Theories of Aging and Development
Psychosocial Theories
Biological Theories
Chapter 3: Historical Perspectives and Changing Attitudes Towards Older Adults
Perceptions of Growing Older and Societal Influences
Impact of the Baby Boomer Generation
The Evolving Aging Network
Caring for Aging Baby Boomers
Rethinking the Value of Aging
Chapter 4: Characteristics of Positive Older Adults and the Helping Process
Positive Aging Characteristics
Successful Aging and Mental Wellness
Older Adults and the Therapeutic Encounter
Attributes of Successful Practitioners
Part II. Common Issues and Problematic Behaviors Experienced by Older Adults
Chapter 5: Health Challenges which Impact the Well-being of Older Adults
Age Related Diseases
Chapter 6: Problematic Behaviors Experienced By Older Adults
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Chapter 7: Family Issues and Support Systems
Support Systems
Chapter 8: Loss and Its Effect on Older Adults
Loss and Bereavement
Death and Dying
Chapter 9: Lifestyle Transitions and Adaptations
Opportunities in Later Life
Part III: Professional Practice in Working with Older Clients
Chapter 10: Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Effective Practitioners
Helping Relationship
Professional Standards/Competencies
Counseling and Relationship Skills
Attitudes and Values
Supervision and Consultation
Multicultural Issues in Counseling Older Adults
Normative Experiences of Older Persons
Impairment and Adaptations
Needs and Services for Older Persons
Developmental Crises/Transitions
Ethical Issues and Older Persons
Older Persons in Practical Environments
Chapter 11: Professional Practice with Older Adults
Psychosocial Interventions
Stages of the Helping Relationship
Personal Qualities Needed for Effective Helpers
Issues Brought to the Helping Relationship
Chapter 12: Therapeutic Approaches and Appropriateness for Older Clients
Problem Solving Therapy
Brief Dynamic Therapy
Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Integrative Approach
Strengths-Based Approach
Life Review and Reminiscence Therapy
Family Systems Approach
Reality Orientation
Chapter 13: Future Trends

Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice provides readers with current and up to date information that is necessary to help and support older adults who face the challenges of aging in today’s society.”
Adelle Williams - Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.