Author: Ratto Rosemarie
Most older adults, defined as persons 65 and older, live independently and have close relationships with others, and their rates of depression are generally lower than for younger adults (APA Working Group on the Older Adult, 1998). However, significant problems among older adults can arise. This chapter focuses on the psychotherapy treatment of one particular older man who suffered from severe depression. The most significant aspect of this treatment was the struggle of someone almost 6 decades younger to understand, or successfully empathize, with the current and past life of an individual who was almost 90 years old. It is the hope of the author, who was also the therapist in this
treatment, that examining this process will aid other novice helpers succeed in their therapeutic attempts with older adults.
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