“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.

Future Trends

Future Trends

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

—Louis L’Amour

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the issues that counselors must address to help older adults age successfully
  • Analyze challenges that face older adults in health care
  • Discuss future issues regarding employment and retirement for older adults
  • Examine the needs and challenges of gerontological counseling


Counseling older adults will necessitate an emphasis on building upon the strengths and resiliency of older clients and a focus on a promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Health issues and the health care delivery system will continue to be a major concern for older adults as they attempt to address their health and mental health needs in later life. This ...

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