“A definite read for students in counseling programs for improving the lives of older adults!” –Amy Gray-Graves, Webster University Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice examines the fundamental theoretical perspectives of the aging process with an emphasis on the healthy aspects of aging. Taking a comprehensive approach, the text addresses various therapeutic methods as it highlights the strengths and resiliency of the older population. Exercises and case studies demonstrate key concepts and promote skill development by allowing students to experience the various challenges in the lives of older clients. Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice is part of the Counseling and Professional Identity Series. To learn more about each text in the Series, please visit www.sagepub.com/cpiseries.

Characteristics of Positive Older Adults and the Helping Process

Characteristics of Positive Older Adults and the Helping Process

“To all, I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love.”

—Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Explain the concept of successful aging
  • Describe the positive characteristics related to aging well
  • Analyze the ways that counselors can support the older population
  • Examine the attributes of successful practitioners

Introduction

As evidenced in Chapter 2, aging has been viewed as a negative experience fraught with problems, deterioration, and decline. This negativity has permeated throughout society and has altered the personal perceptions of many elders. However, perceptions of ...

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