A Constructive Model for Working with Depressed Elders

Tamie Ronen, Thérése Dowd

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This paper presents a perspective on the problems of aging and ways to help depressed elders by proposing a constructive model for change. Getting old in constructive terms is described as a new season, a journey one takes, and as an integral part of the life cycle. Case examples are presented to demonstrate how elderly people can change their misconceptions about growing old, accept the changes they are going through, and design and construct new meanings for the present as well as the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-99
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Constructive approach
  • Depression
  • Elder adults
  • Transitions


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