Counseling Across the Lifespan expands the perimeters of counseling with its emphasis on preventive techniques for adjustment problems in the lifespan of a normal individual. This cogent work focuses on counseling intervention strategies from the unique perspective of an individual’s lifespan, placing techniques in the proper development context. By concentrating on life stages—from childhood through old age—the authors identify the nature and origin of various psychological issues such as self-identity and healthy lifestyle development in adolescents, family violence in young adults, or retirement transitions for older adults. The intervention tools needed to confront these issues are presented through succinct pedagogical features including case examples, checklists for evaluating clients, and exercises.

Promoting Aging Well in Older Adults
Promoting aging well in older adults
Sue C.Jacobs
Karissa K.Adams

Aging well and successfully is the extent to which aperson is able to interact effectively with the environmentand adapt, accommodate and adjust to age-related changes.

—Teri, McCurry, and Logsdon (1997, p. 269)

How successful any individual is at aging well depends to some extent on genes, socioeconomic status, disease states, cultural factors, environmental factors, and lifelong health and mental health attitudes, habits, and behaviors. In this chapter, however, we limit the focus to older adults, those aged 65 or older, living in the United States. The population of older adults is increasing, and counselors, counseling psychologists, and other mental health and health care providers (hereafter referred to as counselors) face increasing opportunities and challenges ...

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