“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.

Loss and Its Effect on Older Adults

Loss and Its Effect on Older Adults

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”

—Ben Franklin

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Analyze the losses experienced by aging persons over the life course
  • Describe the effects of divorce in later life
  • Examine the impact of widowhood in later life
  • Explain the process of death and dying and discuss people’s reactions to death


Loss in any form is an inevitable aspect of human existence. However, issues of loss are more common for older adults to experience. With aging comes the natural consequence of many types of losses: people, possessions, status, abilities, and so on. When the emotional pain over the loss of ...

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