You don’t have to turn back the clock. This powerful workbook will help you redefine the aging process, think flexibly, improve your mental health, and live life to the fullest!
For even the fittest, healthiest, and most vibrant among us, the truth is there are inevitable challenges that come from growing older. Major life transitions such as retirement, the loss of family or a partner, changes in our bodies, and changing social roles in everyday life can lead to feelings of uncertainty, loss of control, and even anxiety and depression. But aging doesn’t have to be a negative thing. You can carve out your own path. This book will show you how to live with more vitality and joy—at any age!
The Aging Well Workbook for Anxiety and Depression offers proven-effective, evidence-based skills drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you learn the art of flexible thinking and feel more empowered and engaged with life. You’ll discover strategies for managing anxiety and depression, as well as lifestyle tips to help reduce symptoms in the future. You’ll also learn how your brain changes as you age, and find a wealth of strategies for managing these changes and making the most of your life.
If the changes you face as you age leave you feeling anxious, sad, or stressed, let this handbook guide you to take charge of your own aging process—and your mental health. You are worth it!
About the authors
Neil A. Rector, Ph.D., psychologue agréé, agit à titre de psychologue clinicien et chercheur scientifique au Centre Sunnybrook des sciences de la santé à Toronto. Membre fondateur de l’Academy of Cognitive Therapy (états-Unis), M. Rector est un clinicien, éducateur et chercheur actif dans le domaine des thérapies cognitivo-comportementales. Il a également participé à la rédaction de guides d’information sur la santé mentale et la toxicomanie, dont Les Troubles anxieux : Guide d’information et Le Trouble obsessionnel-compulsif : Guide d’information, tous deux publiés par le Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale.
“With their unique insights into the research and life experiences of older adults, Erickson and Rector provide clear, practical, step-by-step instruction on how to use the most effective tools of CBT to overcome anxiety and depression. Their numerous case examples illustrate how to tailor specific CBT strategies to the problems and challenges of aging. The workbook offers a positive, hopeful outlook, becoming an essential resource for any seniors not experiencing the golden years of life.”
—David A. Clark, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick; and author of The Anxious Thoughts Workbook, The Negative Thoughts Workbook, and The Anxious Thoughts Workbook for Teens
David A. Clark, PhD
“The Aging Well Workbook for Anxiety and Depression is a lovely resource for older adults who experience anxiety and/or depression, and their providers and families. Educational background material and skills to manage anxiety and depression are clearly described and solidly rooted in scholarly evidence. Case examples and practice exercises integrated throughout the workbook add to its clarity and relevance. An excellent addition to the self-help literature.”
—Melinda A. Stanley, PhD, distinguished emeritus professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, board member of the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, and coauthor of Abnormal Psychology
Melinda A. Stanley, PhD
“Aging not only brings physical ailments, but can also come with anxiety and depression. Fortunately, there are relatively easy and effective methods to target these problems. Julie Erickson and Neil Rector’s TheAging Well Workbook for Anxiety and Depression describe these methods and guide you through them. I highly recommend this book.”
—Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, Alexander von Humboldt professor at Philipps University of Marburg in Germany
Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD
“The Aging Well Workbook for Anxiety and Depression is a terrific and much-needed addition to the field. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has all too often been treated as a one-size-fits-all-ages approach. Julie Erickson and Neil Rector ably zoom in on the concerns of older adults, and provide clear, concrete recommendations for dealing with the challenges of later life.”
—Randy J. Paterson, PhD, RPsych, author of The Assertiveness Workbook and How to Be Miserable
Randy J. Paterson, PhD, RPsych
“This new book by Erickson and Rector is an outstanding resource for anyone who wants to learn about using CBT for the management of anxiety and depression in later life. It is easy to read, and the authors have provided excellent case examples, tables, and figures to illustrate concepts that are important to understand in the management of anxiety and depression in later life using CBT.”
—Rajesh Tampi, MD, MS, DFAPA, DFAAGP, professor, chairman, and Bhatia Family Endowed Chair in the department of psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine
Rajesh Tampi, MD, MS, DFAPA, DFAAGP
“The Aging Well Workbook for Anxiety and Depression is an essential guide for older adults looking to improve their mental health. Written by a mental health expert, this practical workbook provides effective strategies and exercises to manage anxiety and depression in a clear and concise way. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to age well and maintain their mental well-being.”
—Eric Lenze, MD, Renard professor; and head of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO
Eric Lenze, MD
“If you’re an older adult and find you’re worried or down much of the time (or you care about an older person who’s anxious or down), then you need this wonderful workbook. Depression and anxiety aren’t the norm, even when older adults have health problems or other life difficulties. This easy-to-read manual will teach you invaluable skills for improving your mood, getting back into the swing of life, and achieving your goals.”
—Judith Beck, PhD, president of The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and author of books for consumers on using CBT for weight loss and maintenance
Judith Beck, PhD