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Working with Aging Families

Therapeutic Solutions for Caregivers, Spouses, & Adult Children

September 2010


With today’s shifting demographics can arise tricky family issues—here are tips for therapists on how to steer clients through them.

As the average lifespan increases, so does the number of living generations, a recipe for some potentially complex family issues. This book offers therapeutic strategies to navigate the unique dynamics and experiences of today’s aging families, from the “sandwich generation” and caregiver burdens to divorce, bereavement, and much more.


"[I]ntroduces caregiving-related topics, some rather complex in nature, in a very understandable manner. . . . [P]resents research-related information in a logical manner and integrates research and case examples in a seamless fashion. . . . The intended target audience for the book is practitioners in the field, ranging from therapists to researchers, but it might be a useful resource for some laypeople who simply want to better understand what is to be expected in their own aging relationships. . . . [A] useful reference guide for many different professionals, such as therapists, educators, and researchers, among others, interested in better understanding the aging relationship issues of their clients." — Activities, Adaptation and Aging

"[P]ractical and sensible yet with a sound theoretical basis. . . . [R]elevant to clinicians working anywhere. . . . Piercy has achieved her aims and I would recommend this book to workers from a range of disciplines working with older adults." — Journal of International Psychogeriatrics

"[A] practical primer to be studied and included on the reference shelf of anyone working with older people and their families." — Rubin Battino, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter

"A wonderful merging of research findings and practical guidance." — Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"At last, we have a text that values the relationships between theory and practice, embraces best practice ideals in the context of real-world uncertainty, and celebrates eclectic therapeutic approaches for aging adults and their families. Piercy guides the reader through an array of complex clinical problems, offering effective interventions. If you work with older adults and their families, this text is essential!" — Shirley S. Travis, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Dean and Professor, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

"This book is a must-read for all graduate students preparing for clinical careers as well as seasoned therapists and other human service professionals working with aging families. Each carefully written chapter describes contemporary issues that frequently challenge the mental health of older adults and provides sound, innovative strategies for working through these concerns with individuals, couples, and families." — Karen A. Roberto, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Gerontology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University



147 x 218 mm • 288 pages


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