Forming a therapeutic alliance with older adults

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Celia R Hooper, Dean, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are well aware that older people con- stitute our fastest growing patient population. Adults over 85 are appearing more frequently in clinician caseloads. This increase reflects demographic changes, with the typical older patient being female and widowed, living alone with multiple health problems, taking an average of seven prescription medications, and needing health and social services. According to the 1983 Current Population Survey, older men are three times more likely to be married than older women, and older women spend twice as long living alone in widowhood as older men. These data affect caregiving when health problems occur: who gives care, how much family help is needed, and what forms that help may take.

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American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, 38, 43-45
Language: English
Date: 1996
older adults , Therapeutic Alliance, Communication

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