International Journal of Family Therapy

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 187–206 | Cite as

The family of later life: Strategies and interventions

  • Lee Hyer
  • Steven L. Hawthorne


The concerns of the family of later life have only recently become evident. Unlike other age groups, when problems of an elder surface, they almost always involve other family members. Family members tend to become highly involved, alter their lives, and offer support. All this provides a ready condition for family pathology to assert itself. Accordingly, three common strategies used by families of later life are presented and discussed. The effect on the whole family system is stressed. Also, two therapeutic interventions are presented. Since problems related to elders are particularly resistant to therapy, these two interventions are designed for “well” family members. Case material is presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee Hyer
    • 1
  • Steven L. Hawthorne
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology ServiceVA Medical CenterAugusta
  2. 2.Family Studies Program, Department of PsychiatryDuke University Medical CenterDurham

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