Faculty Articles

Title

The Healthy Aging Group: A Proposed Treatment Model for Societal & Individual Aging Empowerment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Keywords

ageism, group therapy, healthy aging

Publication Title

Women & Therapy

ISSN

0270-3149

Volume

39

Issue/No.

1-2

Abstract

A number of unique physical, psychological, and social factors affect individuals as they achieve late life including, unfortunately, societally imposed, and internalized ageism. Women face a unique challenge in this regard, as this “-ism” often intersects with and compounds lifelong disempowering social forces (Rosenthal, 1990; Saucier, 2004). Furthermore, a majority of caregivers are women, which places additional burdens on this group. The current article proposes a time-limited, skills-based cognitive-behavioral treatment model based on feminist principles that targets the myths and misconceptions regarding aging in order to improve quality of life and decrease depressive symptoms in older adults and their caregivers.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2016.1116324

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