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Aging and Relationships
Course # - CPSY x855
As the population ages, so does our practice. Because the "boomers" as a cohort have used counseling as problem solving, it is evident that they will turn to counseling to help them find hteir way through aging. Indeed, that is already becoming evident in agencies and private practice.
Many of our clients will experience dementia, depression, anxiety and other physical and mental problems. We must be aware of the "red flags" of problematic aging and guide them to appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
However, aging need not be only problematic. Even though physical change is inevitable, the experience of aging is not equivalent. We actually form our own aging by our thoughts, attitudes and behavior. Counselors guide people to a mindful and transformative life.
One of the factors that determine the experience of aging is the quality of relationships. The relationships we will focus on will include not only marriage, but will also extend to the community and culture.
Barry Hayes Ph.D.
From his beginnings as a Health Psychologist, Dr. Hayes has been interested in how individuals form the experience of themselves. Bodies evolve and change. Aging certainly involves physical and psychological change. Yet individuals continue to create and maintain an identity, often transforming these changes into consciousness and growth.
Dr. Hayes has taught Health Psychology asa well as Clinical Assessment in a number of colleges and Universities. He spent over thirty years at Santa Clara's Graduate Counseling Program.
Christina Enquist, Ed.D.