Therapy for Senior Citizens
The Therapy for Senior Citizens program is led by Dr. Joanne May. Dr. May is a senior citizen with many decades of experience as a psychologist. Medicare and other insurances are accepted for payment.
Change, which is common in later life, can contribute to a depression experienced by many senior citizens. Often, seniors who have lived very functional lives experience difficulty as they move into the retirement years. The older adult may struggle with loss of purpose, increased helplessness, declining health, social isolation, and loneliness due to the loss of friends and/or spouse. Depressive symptoms have been found to occur in 15% to 36% of outpatient community residents over the age of 65 and may include the following symptoms:
- Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
- Recurring physical pain that does not respond to medical treatment
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Excessive crying
- Fatigue or decreased energy
- Irregular sleep patterns including insomnia or oversleeping
- A loss of interest in usual activities
Depression in the elderly can seriously impact an individual's ability to respond positively to challenges in this time of life. This is a time when it is natural to reflect on the years that have been lived. Depression can cloud and alter perceptions so that the focus is on regrets and the conclusion reached is that life has been wasted. This individual may be left with feelings of bitterness and despair.
In contrast, those who can review life with an acceptance of both accomplishment and failure are able to move forward to integrity and positive beliefs in the future.
Therapy for senior citizens at the Family Attachment and Counseling Center offers a special time to share stories, dreams, faith, doubts, and fears in a safe, confidential atmosphere. Relationships with adult children, in-laws, and grandchildren may be explored with a concentration on the legacy of your personal life narrative.
Group programs are available with a concentration on experienced loss. This includes not only the loss of a loved one but also the loss of place, position, and purpose. Some seniors may want to participate in a prayer therapy group. This is unique type of prayer that concentrates on troubling, individual emotions. No particular belief system or experience with prayer is required for this group.