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By: Tammi Vacha-Haase

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 22: Group Work with Those in Later Life

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Group Work with Those in Later Life
Group work with those in later life
Tammi Vacha-Haase

There is no denying the increase in the number of older adults. Estimates indicate that in the year 2050, there will be more than 86 million Americans over the age of 65 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). Changes in the racial and ethnic compositions of these older Americans are forecasted, with much of the growth in the older population being Hispanic (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).

Although the majority of older adults enjoy an overall positive mood and emotional well-being, one out of five will experience some type of psychological disorder (American Psychological Association, 2003). For those living in a long-term care (LTC) setting during their later years, estimates are much higher with ...

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