Show Summary Details
Page of

(p. 17) Depression and Age-Related Issues 

(p. 17) Depression and Age-Related Issues
(p. 17) Depression and Age-Related Issues

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Clinical Psychology Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 03 July 2022

This chapter provides an overview of later-life depression and information about age-related changes and concerns that are often contributing factors. Clinicians preparing to implement this treatment approach will find it quite helpful to have a solid grasp of depression in the context of normative aging, along with understanding common issues for clients in the second half of life. This chapter also discusses societal ageism (ways in which stereotypical attitudes and beliefs about aging influence access to opportunities and resources) and two prevalent myths about aging (“to be old is to be sick” and “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”). Core concepts in the psychology of aging that clinicians should know are that aging comes with increased variability, involves both gains and losses, and represents only one aspect of diversity.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Clinical Psychology requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.