Valuing Older People : Positive Psychological Practice (Hardcover)

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`Elspeth Stirling's intellect. wisdom and compassionate commitment to the well-being of older people shines through in this book. It represents a revolutionary challenge not only to clinical psychology and related profession but also to the mechanisms and attitudes of Western society in general. I predict this book will come to be judged as a milestone in the literature on the psychology of ageing.' Dr Sinclair Longh, Head of Psychology Services for Older People. Dorset PCT

`At a time when age equality is being promoted as a policy. this book provides a welcome antidote to dogma, communicating a positive psychology of ageing that is grounded equalty in theory and practice. Social Role Valorization (SRV) has found its champion, in relation to ageing and older people. in Elspeth Stirling. This is a powertul and refreshing book that could change the way we see older people and ageing.' Bob Woods. Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People, Bangor University. UK.

Valuing Older People applies Social Role Valorization (SRV) and positive psychology principles to our thinking about how we can contribute to better humanitarian care for people in later life. SRV theory is based on the idea that society devalues particular groups of people identified as fundamentally different, in this case older people and especially those with dementia. ongoing physical disabilities and illnesses. and end-of-life issues.

In this book. Elspeth Stirling applies SRV not only in counteracting this view of older people as being valueless, but also in demonstrating that they have a beneficial effect on society as a whole. Similarly, positive psychology theory is used to outline the strengths and virtues which enable both older individuals and the wider community to thrive. Stirling argues that the presence of older people coping with disabilities helps all age groups to develop the personal attributes necessary to cope in a demanding world where ecological resources are becoming ever more scarce.

Providing numerous examples for readers to follow and adopt for their own practice. Valuing Older People is a practical guide for anyone working in both public and private care services for older people.


Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
Mfg Part# 9780470683354
SKU 213788162
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 047068335X
Release Date 6/15/2010
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