We present an explanation of the benefits of using gerontological theory to augment treatment outcome in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Traditional formulations/conceptualizations of CBT may not always be the most optimal fit when working with older people, who may be experiencing different developmental life stages compared to adults of working age. In addressing how CBT may be different with older people, it is proposed that one may augment CBT outcome by applying gerontological theory as “vehicles for change.” This evidence-based scientist approach is consistent with standard practice in CBT. This paper outlines some examples of how gerontological theory can be useful to bring about an enhanced treatment outcome.
- older people
- attitudes to aging
- selective optimization with compensation
- wisdom enhancement