Age and Ageing
This was a delightful book to review, amazingly well informed and lacking any therapeutic dogmatism. Instead it is full of wisdom and experience of life as one would wish from an author of such a book. It is clear throughout the book that it is health professionals in general who provide services for the elderly who have to assist with their psychological issues as well. The author also demonstrates a genuine capacity for empathy and understanding of human dilemmas. This is complemented by her considerable depth of knowledge: while it might be accurate to describe her as Jungian in some way this does not do justice to the breadth of her understanding and integration of psychological theories. Recommended reading for all professionals dealing with the elderly.
Quarterly Plus (magazine of the Christian Council on Ageing)
This book tackles a neglected and in some ways difficult subject in an entirely accessible way. There are many illustrations by case examples which make the message come alive with the power of the narrative. The author's own humility generates empathy in the reader. For anyone interested in therapy, this is a readable, thought provoking and in some ways challenging book.
Ageing & Society
Encourages those of us who work with older adults to reflect upon our practice. [A] useful contribution to the field. Reflective, honest and self-critical, Ann Orbach integrates case detail, psychotherapeutic literature and self-reflection in an almost tender consideration of the social, intrapsychic and relational issues that underpin psychotherapeutic work with older people. [A] helpful addition to the debate of the therapeutic relationship for older people.