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Living Well into Later Years: A Psychoeducational Support Group
Rebecca L. Koltz, Dawn S. Tarabochia, Cristen C. Wathen, Daniel J. Koltz, Amy Foote, Nicolais Cuyle, and Aimee Volkman
The aging population is growing at a significant rate in the United States, doubling by the year 2050. Advances in medicine, health care, and technology have extended the human life expectancy. Exploring ways to address the subjective well-being of this population is important as the experience of subjective well-being has been linked to early death and disability. Group counseling is an intervention modality shown to be effective with the aging population. However, there is little research integrating the Indivisible Self Model within a group counseling format for this population. The authors will examine information regarding the subjective experience of well-being in the aging population and describe a group, Living Well into Later Years (LWLY) that was conducted by the authors. LWLY used the Indivisible Self Model a theoretical framework. Practical suggestions for duplicating the LWLY are addressed.