Conclusion And Contraindication

Groups for older adults present a dilemma with no easy answers when it comes to the issue of outside socializing. In the case presented, there were clear benefits and equally clear costs to the intervention made. The therapist should not undertake it lightly, stopping to evaluate the group dynamic and the psychodynamics of the principles. But at some point, one must act. When one does, one must be ready for unexpected consequences.


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