Book Review: Optimal Well-Being for Senior Adults 1

Optimal Well-Being for Senior Adults I by Ester R.A. Leutenberg and Kathy A. Kahlsa is the first in a series of workbooks for mental health professionals who work with senior adults. This is a collection of somewhat generic worksheets with little to no exposition of support commentary.

In many respects, this is the senior adult equivalent of those downloadable activity sheets parents use with their children. This is both a blessing and a curse. If you are a caregiver looking for very simple activities to support the mental health of a senior adult in your care, these worksheets require no special knowledge or skill to use. But this workbook also offers no substantial support or advice for either family caregivers or mental health professionals. It really is just a compilation of worksheets.

The art throughout the workbook is bland and unengaging in relation to the topic. It feels more like filler that added-value illustrations. Similarly, font choices seem random and don’t really add anything to the worksheets. In some cases, it felt like the designer simply felt a compulsion to use different fonts for the point of using different fonts, not to increase readability or make the page more engaging. Overall, the visual elements don’t maximize the effectiveness of the worksheets and in some cases distract from it.

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Reviewer Note: I was given a comp copy of this book for review and critique.

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