“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.

Family Issues and Support Systems

Family Issues and Support Systems

“The most romantic story isn’t Romeo and Juliet, who died together, but Grandma and Grandpa who grew old together.”


Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Examine the opportunities and challenges posed within the caregiving relationship and psychosocial interventions that can be implemented for the family
  • Describe the impacts of caring for a grandchild in the later stages of life
  • Analyze the benefits of formal support systems and informal support


Elders do not function in isolation; therefore, family issues and support systems must be examined. The family is the primary informal support system available to older adults, and when they are not available, the formal support network is accessed. Caregiving is a major necessity for older adults ...

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