Article: Exposure therapy for older adults

A self-administered, mild form of exposure therapy for older adults.

Individuals coping with stressful events appear to benefit from mild forms of exposure-based therapies. Only few exposure-based interventions are designed for the needs of older adults. Purpose of this study was to examine whether completing memory questionnaires related to a stressful event led to reductions in distress in an older adult sample. Results supported this hypothesis. Older adults who completed memory questionnaires about a negative event proved significant decreases in measures of distress associated with their appointed negative event.

Boals, A., Banks, J. B., & Hayslip, B. (2012). A self-administered, mild form of exposure therapy for older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 16(2), 154–161. doi:10.1080/13607863.2011.598848