Dealing with Aging

Everyone ages, but you don’t have to do it alone!

 

To help you navigate multiple life transitions associated with growing older,

we offer counseling for issues associated with aging such as:

 

Grief and Loss

Adjusting to Retirement

Health Issues

Changes in Living Arrangements and Other Lifestyle Issues

 

We believe that the aging process can actually be pretty fantastic.

With a little creativity, you can come to view the aging process with a sense of humor, enhanced self-awareness, and a deepened connection between yourself and your loved ones.

 

Mental health is as important as physical health.

Good mental health contributes greatly to an overall feeling of well-being. Untreated mental health disorders in older adults can lead to diminished functioning, substance abuse, poor quality of life, and increased mortality. Research shows mental illness can slow healing from physical illnesses.

 

Healthy older adults can continue to thrive, grow, and enjoy life!

Reading, walking, and socializing are just a few of the activities that many individuals enjoy at any age. Exercising your mind and body, and maintaining social connections are good for your mental health, too.

 

Mental health problems are a risk for older adults, regardless of history.

While some adults go through life managing a chronic mental illness, mental health problems can also appear late in life. Sometimes mental health deteriorates in response to a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, arthritis, or diabetes, and even some medications. Older adults without a history of substance abuse may abuse medications, alcohol, or drugs.

 

Suicide is a risk among older adults.

Older adults have the highest suicide rate in the country.

·         Those aged 85 and over have the highest suicide rate; those aged 75 to 84 have the second highest.

·         Older adults suicide attempts are more lethal. For those 65 and older, there is one suicide for every four attempts compared to one suicide for every 20 attempts for all other age groups.

 

These symptoms call for consultation with a health care professional:

·         Sadness that has lasted longer than two weeks.

·         Consistent worries about issues such as money, family and health.

·         Consistent trouble sleeping or concentrating

·         Frequent trouble remembering things or feeling confused in familiar places

·         Have more than one alcoholic drink a day or take more medication than prescribed.

 

Older adults can be helped with the same success as younger people.

Eighty percent of older adults recovered from depression after receiving treatment that included both psychotherapy and anti-depressant medication.



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