“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.

Challenging Conditions Experienced by Older Adults

Challenging Conditions Experienced by Older Adults

“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

—Eubie Blake

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the incidence, prevalence, and treatment recommendations for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Examine the challenges in the diagnosis of depression in older adults and discuss its treatment
  • Explain the symptoms and treatment modalities for anxiety disorders
  • Analyze the causes for substance abuse in later life and its treatment and prevention
  • Summarize the types of elder abuse and intervention strategies


Many individuals believe that they have control over their bodies and that promoting and engaging in a healthy lifestyle will prevent or delay the onset of many diseases. While older adults may ...

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