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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.

Historical Perspectives and Changing Attitudes Toward Older Adults
Historical Perspectives and Changing Attitudes Toward Older Adults

“Old age is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

—Betty Friedan
Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Discuss society’s perceptions of aging
  • Describe the major historical milestones that created support for older adults
  • Examine the impact of the baby boomer generation as these adults move throughout the life course
  • Analyze older adults’ use of mental health services
  • Explain the shifts in society’s perceptions of aging
Introduction

Older persons have made and continue to make numerous contributions to society. They are instrumental to their families, communities, work environment, and numerous other arenas. While on a personal level many families respect their elders, as a society, much more work is needed. ...

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