COUNSELING FOR SENIORS
The aging process can be more difficult for some more so than others. There can be much to look forward to moving into one’s “Golden Years” such as retirement and spending time with grandchildren. However, some seniors find it challenging to adjust to some aspect of growing old. It is just as important for seniors to seek help for their mental health symptoms as it is for younger people.
Older adults can have mental health issues that are specific to their stage in life. As people enter their later years, there are changes in body function, relationships, and living situations that can impact mental health. For some, the mental health of the elderly can deteriorate in response to health issues such as arthritis and diabetes. There are signs that can be present in older adults that might signal the possibility of Mental Health problems. Some of them are the following:
- Memory issues
- Changes in personal care
- Social withdrawal, changes in appetite
- A decrease in energy levels
- Depressed mood
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Trouble handling finances
- Difficulties concentrating or making decisions
While older adults may experience many losses, overwhelming sadness may indicate clinical depression. Similarly, an anxiety disorder is not the same as every day worries. Counseling can assist older adults with some of the difficulties associated with the transitions of aging. Therapy can help with managing emotions, finding ways of enjoying life after retirement, and finding new meaning to life. Therapy can help in the process of adapting to limitations related to the aging process. Talk therapy and cognitive behavioral techniques that focus on altering negative thought patterns can be helpful to seniors looking to improve their quality of life.