Promoting Healthy Aging in Counseling Psychology

Robert D. Hill and Michael Duffy

in The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396423
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Promoting Healthy Aging in Counseling Psychology

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Abstract “Healthy aging” has appeared in the scientific literature as a descriptor of the underlying processes in human aging. It has also been used to promote social policies for health care delivery to older adults. In recent years, “healthy aging” has been expanded through the biopsychosocial model to geriatric care. Counseling psychology espouses ideals of inclusion through a strength-based positive aging paradigm. This affirmative value links counseling psychology and “healthy aging” in health care provision to older persons. At present, the discipline of counseling psychology does not have a strong presence in the science or practice domains of gerontology, geropsychology, or geriatrics. Most mental healthservices delivered to older clientele comes through the scientific and professional discipline of clinical geropsychology, which operates from within a traditional disease-based medical model of care. This chapter describes the added benefits of a healthy aging strength-based approach in geriatric care that could be championed by the discipline of counseling psychology.

Keywords: healthy aging; positive aging; health promotion; older adults; biopsychosocial model; strength-based counseling; geropsychology

Article.  10945 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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