Chapter 30. Working With Families of Older Adults

Lisa P. Gwyther, M.S.W.; Diane E. Meglin, M.S.W.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623754.398345



No single model exists for working with families of older adults. Clinicians need to provide patients and families with individualized family assessment and treatment, taking into account issues of diversity and heterogeneity. Despite the need for family-specific treatment, there are patterns of family issues that consistently emerge, based on trajectories of psychiatric illness. Perhaps the most specific guidance in the literature comes from meta-analyses of clinical research on families of older adults with progressive degenerative dementias (Gallagher-Thompson and Coon 2007; Pinquart and Sorenson 2006b; Sorensen et al. 2002).

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Table 30–1. Key messages for family caregivers
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Table 30–2. Signs of decline in driving skills


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