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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Spirituality, wellness and the Silver Tsunami : Implications for counseling

Mary Finn Maples


The term, “Silver Tsunami” was coined by this author in 2002 (Maples, 2002) and referred to the Baby-Boomer generation, those 76,000,000 persons who would begin celebrating their 60 th birthdays in 2006. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP, 2007), each day in the year 2007 sees 8,000 persons reaching the age of 60. That, potentially, equates to 292,000 persons in one generation, over 60 years of age, in addition to those born in 1946, who turned 60 in 2006.

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