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A Guide to Aging and Well-Being for Healthcare Professionals


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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Aging and well-being; 2. Well-being and the anxiety about the awareness of limited time people have remaining; 3. A major challenge to well-being as people age: Retirement; 4. A second major challenge to a person’s well-being as they age: The increasing number of deaths of significant others; 5. Aging, well-being, and life regrets; 6. Still another challenge: Age-associated memory loss; 7. Aging, well-being, and old-old age; 8. Three additional threats to a person’s well-being in old-old age: Loneliness, a loss of purpose, and a feeling of mattering less; 9. Decline, imminent death, and well-being; 10. Summary and synthesis; References; Index

About the Author

Norman M. Brier (PhD) is a psychologist who was a Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). He has supervised hundreds of healthcare professionals in assessing and intervening with patients presenting with a variety of clinical concerns, and for more than 20 years has taught a class in patient-doctor communication. Dr. Brier is the author of a number of original articles and books. He continues to maintain a private practice in Bedford, New York and focuses especially on facilitating well-being in older individuals.


"Norman M. Brier has written a clear and concise guide for clinicians seeking to help older adults and their families to navigate the challenges of advanced age. The recommendations are realistic, pragmatic and empirically based. Both students and practitioners will benefit as they prepare themselves and those they serve to age with grace." Gary J. Kennedy MD, Professor, Vice Chair for Education, and Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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