Counseling older adults is not equivalent to counseling the general population, and specialized skills and knowledge, as well as sensitivity to the contexts in which older adults live, are essential in working successfully with this population. This text provides an introduction to gerontological counseling, integrating the basic skills of working with older adults with theories of counseling and aging. Specific counseling issues discussed include mental health counseling, career counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and family counseling. Along with these, important contextual factors such as race/culture, social class, social justice, spirituality, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and family issues are considered in light of the latest research. Each chapter contains case studies, discussion questions, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading to reinforce the material presented.

chapter Chapter 3|23 pages

Stages of Counseling Older Adults

chapter Chapter 6|27 pages

Approaches to Counseling Older Adults

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

The Culture and Context of Old Age

chapter Chapter 8|30 pages

Spirituality and Counseling Older Adults

chapter Chapter 9|26 pages

Multicultural Gerontological Counseling

chapter Chapter 10|30 pages

School, College, and Career Counseling and Older Adults

Grandparenting, Reentry Students, and Retirement

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

chapter Chapter 13|15 pages

Family Issues in Counseling Older Adults

chapter Chapter 15|29 pages

Future Trends in Aging and Counseling