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.
The Value of Religion and Politics in Geriatric Clientele
Jeremy J. Berry, Cassie J. Collins, and Perry L. Collins
The purpose of this study is to explore the issues of the elderly to better understand the challenges that they face. According to Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields (2002), the explosion of people in the United States that will reach late adulthood over the next few decades will prompt the combined effort of many different disciplines to become even more aware than ever before of the various facets that comprise the elderly. As mentioned above, many senior adults feel marginalized and misunderstood. The media has used the term “Detroit Syndrome” to describe older people in terms of the obsolescence that exists for cars (Hillier & Barrow, 1999). As such, they suffer the potential for being managed much like surplus commodities: devalued and discounted.