Adapting Homework for an Older Adult Client With Cognitive Impairment

David Coon, Larry W. Thompson, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

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Abstract

There is growing evidence that psychosocial treatments incorporating behavioral intervention strategies can be effective in the treatment of depression in older adults with cognitive impairment. However, less work with such cases has focused on the use of cognitive interventions in tandem with these behavioral intervention strategies. This case study describes how cognitive behavioral intervention strategies and related homework assignments were tailored and integrated to successfully treat depressive symptoms in an older African American diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's disease. Examples of the homework strategies utilized are introduced by phase of treatment. We also discuss ways to overcome barriers to homework completion as well as methods to incorporate the client's sociocultural context and personal history into homework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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