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Because seniors suffer depression and anxiety and professional help is not always available, a simple structure is proposed for non-professionals to provide effective help to seniors. These potential helpers who are present in the seniors’ daily environments can then assist the seniors in adjusting to their stage of life and avoid the distress arising from loneliness, purposelessness and physical/mental decline, the factors accounting for the bulk of seniors’ problems. The few therapeutic skills these willing helpers need are described and embedded in a sequence of procedural steps they can use. Mental health professionals are encouraged to teach these skills at every opportunity.

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Originally published in the International Journal of Business and Social Science, 7(1), 19-28. This material can be found here.