Helping Relationships with Older Adults: From Theory to Practice examines the fundamental theoretical perspectives of the aging process with an emphasis on the healthy aspects of aging. Taking a comprehensive approach, author Adele Williams addresses various therapeutic methods as she highlights the strengths and resiliency of the older population. Exercises and case studies demonstrate key concepts and promote skill development by allowing students to experience the various challenges in the lives of older clients.
About the Author
Dr. Adelle M. Williams is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and currently resides with her family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph D and Master’s in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She later obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from Robert Morris College. Throughout her academic pursuits she has focused on aging and aging-related issues.
Currently, Dr. Williams is the Gerontology Coordinator and Professor within the Public Health and Social Work department within Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania since June, 2015. She teaches graduate counseling courses and undergraduate gerontology courses and is described as a dynamic professor who inspires students to advocate for the interests of our elders. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Williams was a Professor and Gerontology Coordinator within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program within the Counseling and Development and responsible for the newly created Aging specialization. Other positions held within the University include Professor and Gerontology Coordinator within the Health and Safety Management department, Assistant to the Dean for the College of Health, Environment and Science, Director of the Health Services Administration Program, Co-developer of the Long Term Care Administration specialization, Adjunct Professor within the Department of Allied Health and Faculty Liaison to Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Williams’ research interests include aging, health and mental health, cultural diversity, women’s issues and administration. She has published articles in the Gerontologist, Protective Services Quarterly, The Afrocentric Scholar, The Journal of Allied Health, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, The Journal of Long Term Care Administration, Physical Therapy Education. The Journal of Health Administration Education, and the Pennsylvania Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Dr. Williams’ has presented at the local, state, national and international levels. She has been invited to present and invited to deliver the keynote address at several commencement ceremonies. She has attained grants and managed the grant application process. Dr. Williams has conducted many program reviews and interviewed by the media.
Clinical positions in the private sector included clinician, clinical supervisor, admissions administration and research program coordinator within the Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Unit of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She conducted individual, family and group sessions, lead reminiscence groups, interpreted various assessments, and connected older adults with community services while operating within a multidisciplinary team. She also served in a consultant capacity for the Center for Aging and Research Program Director at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh within the Geriatrics Division. Her clinical, research and administrative experiences has proven valuable in teaching students to appreciate the challenges and opportunities inherent in the aging process and professional work with older adults.
Table of Contents
Section I. Overview of the Aging Process, Aging Theories, Positive Aging, and the Helping ProcessChapter 1: Introduction Aging Biological Theories Associated With Aging Physical Changes That Accompany Aging Cognitive Changes That Accompany AgingChapter 2: Historical Perspectives and Changing Attitudes Toward Older Adults Perceptions of Growing Older and Societal Influences Historical Aspects of Aging Aging of the Baby Boomer Generation Aging and Mental Health Rethinking the Value of AgingChapter 3: Characteristics of Positive Older Adults and the Helping Process Successful Aging and Mental Wellness Positive Aging Characteristics Counseling Older Adults Attributes of Successful PractitionersPart II. Common Issues and Problematic Behaviors Experienced by Older AdultsChapter 4: Health Challenges That Impact the Well-Being of Older Adults Impact of Age-Related Diseases on Activities of Daily Living Cardiovascular Diseases Diabetes Cancer Arthritis Osteoporosis Falls Vision Disorders Cerebrovascular Disease HIV/AIDSChapter 5: Challenging Conditions Experienced by Older Adults Alzheimer’s Disease Depression Anxiety Substance Abuse Elder AbuseChapter 6: Family Issues and Support Systems Caregiving Grandparenting Support SystemsChapter 7: Loss and Its Effect on Older Adults Loss Divorce Widowhood Dying and DeathChapter 8: Opportunities in Later Life Psychosocial Theories Related to Engagement Employment Retirement Leisure RetirementPart III: Professional Practice in Working With Older ClientsChapter 9: Skills, Attitudes, and Knowledge of Effective Practitioners Counselor Preparation and Development Strategies to Use in Counseling Older AdultsChapter 10: Professional Practice With Goals for Older Adults Psychosocial Interventions Stages of the Helping Relationship Issues Brought to the Helping Relationship Dealing With Uncertainty Terminal Illness Death and DyingChapter 11: Therapeutic Approaches and Appropriateness for Older Clients Problem Solving Therapy Brief Dynamic Therapy Behavioral Therapy Cognitive Therapy Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Integrative Approach Strengths-Based Approach Reminiscence Therapy and Life Review Family Systems Approach Reality OrientationChapter 12: Future Trends Positive Aging Health Care Employment and Retirement Counseling Considerations