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.
Chapter 21: A Positive Aging Framework for Counseling Older Adults
The U.S. population is growing markedly older. In 1950, the proportion of adults 65 years and older in relation to the total population was just above 8%. In 2009 it had climbed to 13% and will exceed 16% by 2030 (Shrestha & Heisler, 2011). Responsive social services, counseling, and health care delivery systems are needed to address the health issues of the approximately 41.4 million older persons in the United States (Administration on Aging, 2012). It is further anticipated that in the post-2010 era, the number of persons in the very old, or 85 years and older, grouping will increase to ...