This remarkable book contains 85 structured exercises which
specifically address therapeutic issues related to aging. Included are
introductions, directions, and rationale for each exercise, plus illustrated
worksheets which can be photocopied for use with your clients. Printed in an 8½" x 11" format with flexible binding for ease in copying.
Some of these exercises have been updated from those that appeared in Dr. Link's earlier publication, Group Work With Elders: 52 Exercises for Reminiscence, Validation, and Remotivation, published in 1997. Many are brand new. This book is designed to aid therapists and trained group facilitators who conduct discussion groups for geriatric clients. Exercises in the book combine important geriatric therapy techniques of Reminiscence, Validation, and Remotivation to energize group discussion and foster renewal of hope.
Group participation is a therapeutic tool which is widely supported by experts in the field of geriatrics. Structured exercises and instructions for group leaders in this book focus on issues pertinent to the aging process such as coping with loss, physical illness, and decline in independence. Illustrated handouts increase opportunities for participation among group members who have varying levels of cognitive and physical functioning.
"Dr. Link’s book Group Work with Older Adults is an exceptionally well organized, creative resource that will be invaluable to therapists and others who work with older clients in groups. The illustrated exercises provide excellent opportunities for expressing emotions, sharing memories and developing coping skills to meet the challenges of advancing age.”
-Cay Drachnik, ATR-BC, HLM,
MFCC, Past President, American Art Therapy Association;
Author of Interpreting Metaphors in Children's Drawings
"Dr. Ann Link’s [new] book, Group Work with Older Adults, builds on to her original work . . . this is a unique book written by a therapist with years of experience working with older adults. The exercises are creative and so useful for use in groups. Dr. Link also writes with warmth and heart. Highly recommended!”
-John Preston, PsyD, Chair,
Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, CA; Author of You Can Beat
Depression and Growing Beyond Emotional Pain
“This is an important book for those who work in group settings with the geriatric population. Dr. Ann Link’s book provides an abundance of empowering and knowledge-based therapeutic exercises. Her suggestions and precautions for group leaders provide a blueprint for group work with a common population, our valued seniors. This book should be required reading for many senior facilities and makes room for individual adaptations.”
-Marilyn J. Royce, MSW, Carlton Plaza of Sacramento
About the Author
Ann L. Link, PhD, has worked with geriatrics throughout her career as a registered nurse, family counselor, and licensed psychologist. Dr. Link has extensive group and individual experience treating clients of all ages. Her private practice in Carmichael, California serves a diverse population, bringing increased perspective to her work with the elderly. Dr. Link is especially interested in the individual's struggle to meet the challenges presented in the various life stages where the quest for integrity, threat of despair, and hope for resolution predominate.