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Pastoral Care of Older Adults
by Harold G. Koenig, M.D. and Andrew J. Weaver, Ph.D. © 1998.
(Augsburg Fortress Press: Minneapolis, MN). All rights reserved.
[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive
4 hours of Continuing Education credit.]


Chapter 1: What Health Changes Can Be Expected with Normal Aging? (p 3-10)
1. As persons grow older, it is normal for them to experience
a. depression.
b. significant personality changes.
c. loss of interest in activities.
d. a reduction in deep sleep.

Chapter 2: What Can Older Adults Do to Maintain Their Physical Health? (p 11-14)
2. What advice do the authors NOT give older adults?
a. Eat three regular meals each day.
b. Avoid meat fats.
c. Take dietary supplements.
d. Avoid alcohol and smoking.

Chapter 3: What Can Older Adults Do to Maintain Their Mental Health? (p 15-19)
3. When an older person experiences chronic illness, disability, or the loss of relatives and friends, he authors recommend which of the following as the best source of comfort and stability?
a. staying mentally active by reading
b. engaging in a favorite hobby
c. maintaining a strong, active faith in God
d. staying socially active

Chapter 6: How Can Caregivers and Families be Helped? (p 31-35)
4. In order to avoid burn out, caregivers need to do fun things for themselves at least
a. one afternoon each week.
b. two afternoons each week.
c. one weekend each month.
d. two weekends each month.

Chapter 8: What Information is Necessary about Nursing Homes? (p 43-51)
5. Payment for nursing home care comes almost entirely from
a. Medicaid.
b. state and local subsidies.
c. out-of-pocket costs.
d. insurance companies.

Chapter 9: How Do Older Persons Cope with Disability and Dependence? (p 53-58)
6. A pastoral counselor can help a proud, independent elder that doesn’t want to depend upon others for help by
a. sharing statistics about how isolated, disabled persons rapidly decline in all aspects of health.
b. pointing out that his/her disability is itself a gift from God that allows others to use their own gifts to serve God.
c. having family members systematically call the elderly person and suggest ways to help.
d. none of the above.

Chapter 11: How Can Older Persons Who Feel Lonely and Isolated
Be Helped? (p 65-69)
7. A study showed that isolated elderly people who received ______ for six months were more likely to be living independently at the end of six months.
a. three nutritious meals each day
b. regular anti-depressant medication
c. firm exhortations to be involved with others
d. regular social visits in their homes

Chapter 13: How Can Older Persons Who Are Depressed, Grieving, or Suicidal Be Helped? (p 75-82)
8. Depression is
a. caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.
b. a benign condition that soon passes with time.
c. minor mood fluctuations.
d. a normal consequence of aging.

9. An elderly person is more at risk for suicide if
a. the person has visited the doctor in the past month.
b. the person has thought about a method for taking his/her life.
c. the person is a widowed, white male.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 14: How Can Older Persons Who Are Anxious and Fearful Be Helped? (p 83-86)
10. Studies have shown that ________ can reduce anxiety faster than the use of traditional psychotherapy and drug therapy alone.
a. repeating verses of Scripture and saying repetitive prayers
b. cognitive-behavioral therapy
c. interpersonal therapy
d. reminiscence therapy