Perceptual Speed Slowing the Pace of Therapy

Perceptual speed is particularly impaired in older adults with depression (Lezak, 1995). Many older depressed patients tend to need more time in session to understand a new skill. They also need more time to talk about emotional content and are sometimes slow to respond to questions in therapy. Adapting to cognitive slowing involves several changes in therapeutic delivery, including slower pacing, reducing the amount of material covered within a single session and simplifying homework assignments (Coon & Gallagher-Thompson, 2002). Several researchers recommend the use of concrete examples in goal setting and homework assignments, as well as midweek telephone calls to discuss and therefore prompt homework completion, or having patients schedule a daily time for homework to allow more time for both processing written words and writing tasks (Coon & Gallagher-Thompson, 2002; Knight, 2004; Morris & Morris, 1991).

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