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(p. 35) Assessment with Aging Individuals 

(p. 35) Assessment with Aging Individuals
(p. 35) Assessment with Aging Individuals

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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date: 23 May 2022

This chapter provides an overview of assessment issues for practitioners working with aging clients. The chapter covers three core practices for assessment in the context of clinical interventions: basic intake assessment (depression, anxiety, suicide risk, medical history and medications taken, functional and cognitive impairment, elder abuse, abuse of alcohol and other substances, and strengths); eligibility for treatment and need for additional referrals; and ongoing practices for feedback-informed treatment. Optional assessment tools and practices may be applicable for specific clients (enhancing daily functioning, caregiving issues, and grief). This process of conducting a careful intake assessment, followed by routine monitoring of targeted outcomes for each client, is often very interesting to clients, and they benefit from the clinician’s feedback about their responses. Use of standardized assessment strategies can also increase clients’ confidence in the therapeutic relationship and lead to a stronger alliance.

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