This book provides practical evidence-based strategies that will help clinicians across a broad range of disciplines to address and discuss the main issues an aging person is likely to face and overcome if they are to maintain a sense of well-being as they age.
Based on an extensive body of research, the relevant up-to-date knowledge for each topic is concisely presented, followed by practical and concrete suggestions as to how a healthcare provider might acknowledge and create a partnership with their clients to help the person increase their sense of well-being. Each chapter contains a list of key terms, a summary, and case examples that illustrate in realistic and humanistic ways how a person might actually present the concern being addressed and how a clinician might actually intervene.
The specific challenges that are addressed include: anxiety attached to an increasing awareness of mortality; retirement; the loss of significant others; regrets; memory decline; the arrival of old-old age and feelings of loneliness, mattering insufficiently, and a confusion of purpose; and finally, dealing with imminent death.
This book is suitable for all health professionals who provide clinical services or advice to older adults including physicians (i.e. particularly in the specialties of internal medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, and geriatric psychiatry), nurses, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and audiologists.
'Norman Brier has written a clear and concise guide for clinicians seeking to help older adults and their families to navigate the challenges of advanced age. The recommendations are realistic, pragmatic and empirically based. Both students and practitioners will benefit as they prepare themselves and those they serve to age with grace.' - Gary J. Kennedy MD, Professor, Vice Chair for Education, and Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Introduction; Chapter 1: Aging and well-being; Chapter 2: A primary challenge to well-being as people age: An awareness of the limited time remaining; Chapter 3: Retirement: Another major challenge; Chapter 4: A third major challenge: The ever increasing number of deaths of significant others; Chapter 5: Life regrets, aging, and well-being; Chapter 6: Still another major challenge: Age-associated memory loss; Chapter 7: Well-being and old-old age; Chapter 8: Three additional threats to well-being likely to arise in late life: Loneliness, a feeling of mattering less, and a loss of purpose; Chapter 9: Decline, imminent death, and well-being; Chapter 10: Summary and synthesis; References; Index