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date: 05 December 2020

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Cognitive-behavioral therapies have a strong history of effectiveness in treating mental and behavioral health conditions and improving quality of life in adults 65 years of age and older. As the provision of mental health treatment has increasingly shifted from specialty mental health settings to medical and long-term care settings, cognitive and behavioral therapies have been more widely utilized in the context of comorbid medical disorders and have contributed to improved clinical outcomes. Innovative models of service delivery by video, telephone, and to rural populations have provided additional evidence of their flexibility and value. Quality of life for our growing older adult population may be enhanced through improved detection of mental and behavioral health conditions and expanded awareness of the effectiveness of cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Keywords: older adults, cognitive-behavioral therapy, geropsychology, psychotherapy, CBT, effectiveness

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