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date: 22 September 2019

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Interviewing older adults requires attention to a number of issues specific to this population, including age-related changes in sensory and cognitive processes, health, and circadian rhythms. Because older adults may be less familiar with clinical interviews, establishing rapport and trust becomes especially important. Other factors that bear on the interview include the types of interview used, language and format of the interview, setting of the interview, and ethnicity. Some important content areas to address when interviewing older adults include psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as suicide, substance abuse, sleep, and elder abuse. Consideration of these factors, with an eye to various age-related issues, will enhance the effectiveness of the interview with an older adult client. This chapter discusses methods for interviewing older adults, highlights age-related issues that influence the interview process, and suggests a few content areas to address when interviewing older adults.

Keywords: interview, sensory changes, cognitive changes, circadian rhythms, ethnicity, trust, suicide, substance abuse, sleep, elder abuse

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