Adapting psychotherapy for older adults with Parkinson's disease

Knight, Bob and Dissanayaka, Nadeeka N. W. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2016) Adapting psychotherapy for older adults with Parkinson's disease. International Psychogeriatrics, 28 (10). pp. 1631-1636. ISSN 1041-6102


Background: Emotional distress associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) increases disease burden and decreases functioning. The literature supports the benefits of psychological interventions for amelioration of emotional distress in persons with PD. The objective of this study is to apply the Contextual Adult Lifespan Theory for Adapting Psychotherapy (CALTAP) to enhancing psychological treatment for persons with PD.

Methods: This paper uses case examples to demonstrate the usefulness of the CALTAP model in helping patients and clinicians separate disease symptoms from the aging process. The examples also illustrate how working in this way can be beneficial in reducing emotional distress in persons with PD.

Results: CALTAP contributes to helping persons with PD and persons treating them understand the effects of the disease, separate disease effects from aging processes, and think through the influences of social context, cohort effects, and cultural differences.

Conclusions: The CALTAP model can guide adaptations to psychological interventions for emotional distress in PD and potentially improve their effects.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 04:07
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety; depression; psychotherapy; aging; Parkinson's disease
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/S1041610216000569

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