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Older Adults

Aging is a complex issue with many moving parts.  Making life transitions is an inevitable part of getting older; one is faced with changes in our health, family, or a move to a new city.  Perhaps we have recently lost a loved one or are providing care for a family member with health challenges.  These life experiences frequently cause depression, anxiety, or an exacerbation of a pre-existing mental health issue.  A clinician such as myself with expertise in understanding the unique experiences frequently faced by older adults can be helpful at this time.

Through a lifetime of learning, most older adults have developed strategies that help them manage the ups and downs of daily life. Older adults can draw on a lifetime of adaptive skills, applying their strengths to their current situation.  My goal is to aid clients to utilize their coping skills to better manage one’s symptoms and to increase their skills in order to increase the tools in one’s toolbox.

Integrative care is the current medical model used to address medical conditions.  Integrative care refers to a treatment “team” working in collaboration between a mental health professional, primary care physician, and medical specialists such as a psychiatrist, neurologist, rheumatologist, or physiatrist to help the client choose the best treatment path for themselves.  By choosing a psychologist such as myself with expertise in medical psychology, it is more likely that effective interventions will be identified for you whether psychological, medical, social, or environmental.

Elderly couple with smart phone in their hands

In addition, if you are a caregiver for a loved one, it can be important to seek professional help.  Enlisting the services of a therapist specializing in issues related to aging can be very helpful.  You will have a place to vent, complain, get support and bounce ideas off of an expert such as myself about what is the best choice to make for you and your family.  Supportive therapy also provides a relief and release so when you are involved with your family you do not have the urge to complain or gripe but rather feel confident and self-assured in your knowledge and decision-making abilities.

 

Older Adults

Aging is a complex issue with many moving parts.  Making life transitions is an inevitable part of getting older; one is faced with changes in our health, family, or a move to a new city.  Perhaps we have recently lost a loved one or are providing care for a family member with health challenges.  These life experiences frequently cause depression, anxiety, or an exacerbation of a pre-existing mental health issue.  A clinician such as myself with expertise in understanding the unique experiences frequently faced by older adults can be helpful at this time.

Through a lifetime of learning, most older adults have developed strategies that help them manage the ups and downs of daily life. Older adults can draw on a lifetime of adaptive skills, applying their strengths to their current situation.  My goal is to aid clients to utilize their coping skills to better manage one’s symptoms and to increase their skills in order to increase the tools in one’s toolbox.

Integrative care is the current medical model used to address medical conditions.  Integrative care refers to a treatment “team” working in collaboration between a mental health professional, primary care physician, and medical specialists such as a psychiatrist, neurologist, rheumatologist, or physiatrist to help the client choose the best treatment path for themselves.  By choosing a psychologist such as myself with expertise in medical psychology, it is more likely that effective interventions will be identified for you whether psychological, medical, social, or environmental.

Elderly couple with smart phone in their hands

In addition, if you are a caregiver for a loved one, it can be important to seek professional help.  Enlisting the services of a therapist specializing in issues related to aging can be very helpful.  You will have a place to vent, complain, get support and bounce ideas off of an expert such as myself about what is the best choice to make for you and your family.  Supportive therapy also provides a relief and release so when you are involved with your family you do not have the urge to complain or gripe but rather feel confident and self-assured in your knowledge and decision-making abilities.

 

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