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“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.

Introduction
Introduction

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

—Sophia Loren
Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe the basic changes that occur in the aging process
  • Analyze the various biological theories that explain aging
  • Examine the normative physical changes that accompany the aging process
  • Explain the cognitive changes that accompany aging

The aging of the population is one of the most profound and far-reaching changes affecting contemporary society. Between 2014 and 2060, the U.S. population is projected to increase from 319 million to 417 million, reaching 400 million in 2051 (Colby & Ortman, 2014). By ...

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