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(p. 17) Depression and Age-Related Issues 

(p. 17) Depression and Age-Related Issues
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(p. 17) Depression and Age-Related Issues
Author(s):

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190068431.003.0002
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date: 23 May 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.

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