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Counseling Older People: Opportunities and Challenges

Counseling Older People: Opportunities and Challenges

Charlene M. Kampfe

ISBN: 978-1-119-22276-7 September 2015 372 Pages


This book provides insight into the primary issues faced by older adults; the services and benefits available to them; and the knowledge base, techniques, and skills necessary to work effectively in a therapeutic relationship. Dr. Kampfe offers empirically and anecdotally based strategies and interventions for dealing with clients’ personal concerns and describes ways counselors can advocate for older people on a systemic level. Individual and group exercises are incorporated throughout the book to enhance its practicality.

Topics covered include an overview of population demographics and characteristics; counseling considerations and empowering older clients; successful aging; mental health and wellness; common medical conditions; multiple losses and transitions; financial concerns; elder abuse; veterans’ issues; sensory loss; changing family dynamics; managing Social Security and Medicare; working after retirement age; retirement transitions, losses, and gains; residential options; and death and dying.

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Preface v

About the Author vii

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 The Increasing Older Population and Its Characteristics 1

Chapter 2 Counselor Considerations When Working With Older People 11

Chapter 3 Advocacy and Aging Issues 39

Chapter 4 Aging Well/Successful Aging 51

Chapter 5 Health Issues Associated With Aging 71

Chapter 6 Mental Health Issues Among Older People 101

Chapter 7 Special Issues Associated With Aging 125

Chapter 8 Sensory Loss Among the Older Population 145

Chapter 9 Maintaining and Managing Interpersonal Relationships 171

Chapter 10 Social Security and Medicare-Related Programs: Sorting Through the Maze 211

Chapter 11 Retirement and the Need or Desire to Work 225

Chapter 12 Residential Issues for Older People 247

Chapter 13 End of Life, Death and Dying, Grief and Loss 269

References 299

Index 337