chapter  2
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Attending and Listening Skills in Work With Older Adults

As you will see in this book, counseling older adults can be a rich, valuable experience-not only for your clients but also for yourself. Although the common stereotype of later life is one of decline, in reality later life can be a time of great wellness (Myers, 2005). Even though there are challenges in later life, to be sure (including poverty, especially among ethnic minority elders and among women, lesser life spans for men, issues of divorce, and chronic medical conditions that may impact activities of daily living), over two thirds of communityresiding elders describe their health as good or very good-roughly the same percentage as adults under age 65-though this is less true of African Americans or Latino and Latina Americans than of European Americans (see Myers, 2005).