This practical book helps readers provide effective mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to clients across the continuum of care, from health promotion through long-term treatment and remediation. Anchoring each chapter within a life stage—from childhood through older adulthood—the text identifies the nature and origin of various psychological issues and emphasizes the importance of anticipating and responding early to concerns that arise for large portions of the population. The Second Edition features new chapters and expanded coverage of important topics, such as sociocultural contextual factors and interprofessional health perspectives.
Part V: Older Adulthood
As advances in health care and technology increase the lifespan, the period of development known as older adulthood has become more carefully examined and the options of older adults more diverse. Erikson (1963) noted that the primary developmental task of older adulthood was achieving integrity versus despair, and that the virtue emerging from the resolution of this crisis was wisdom. Such wisdom has traditionally been considered from the perspective of its contribution to the next generation. Increasingly, however, older adults are expecting to have ample opportunities for full and challenging lives, after the ag of 65 or so, themselves.
The perspective of positive aging is explored by Robert Hill in Chapter 21. He begins by introducing the changing demography and aging population, ...