Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice
- Applies Social Role Valorisation (SVR) principles to care of older people, particularly those with seriously disabling conditions such as dementia, stroke, and multiple health problems
- Provides a comprehensive body of positive principles and practical approaches for those who care for older people
- Examines the impact of the devaluation of older people’s lives in the context of societies dependent on technology
- Demonstrates how more age-inclusive societies and open awareness of later-life issues are fundamental to strong communities, as well as to personal happiness and resilience
About the Author and Book.
1 The Psychology and Ecology of Ageing.
2 Preventive Psychology in Later Life.
3 Assessment in the New Paradigm.
4 New Paradigm Principles for Intervention.
5 Older People with Cognitive Disabilities.
6 New Paradigm Principles of Service Design.
7 Psychological Therapies with Older People.
"Elspeth Stirling's intellect, wisdom and compassionate commitment to the well being of older people shines through in this book, which skilfully weaves together social role valorisation and positive psychology to create a 'new' positive psychology of ageing. It represents a revolutionary challenge not only to Clinical Psychology and related professions, but also to the mechanisms and attitudes of Western society in general. I predict this book will come to be judged as a milestone in the literature on the psychology of ageing."
—Dr Sinclair Lough, Head of Psychology Services for Older People, Dorset PCT
"At a time when age equality is being promoted as a policy, this
book provides a welcome antidote to dogma, communicating a positive
psychology of ageing that is grounded equally in theory and
practice. Social Role Valorization has found its champion in
relation to ageing and older people in Elspeth Stirling, and may at
last make its long-awaited contribution to this challenging area of
human experience. Blended with insights from Cognitive Analytic
Therapy and with illustrative case examples, this is a powerful,
refreshing book that could change the way we see older people and
ageing. Recommended for all those who work with older
— Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People, Bangor University, UK