Seniors and the Elderly Issues

Every phase of life brings with it some unique opportunities and challenges. Becoming a senior citizen or even an elderly person can have some special challenges. It used to be that turning 65 meant retirement from work and slowing down and starting a hobby. Now, people hitting 65 are continuing to work or are often embarking on secondary careers and taking up a whole new work adventure. Or perhaps they have retired but are from sitting on the rocking chair on the front porch. Instead they are travelling the world and trying new and active things! Even people considered elderly are leading active lives well into their 80’s and beyond.

However, this age can also bring some major changes and challenges such as:

  • Caring for aging parents
  • Caring for parents whose health is failing
  • Losing parents
  • Caring for spouses or other family members whose health is failing
  • Losing a spouse, other family member or friends
  • Coping with retirement
  • Changes in your physical health or cognitive decline
  • Lack of financial stability (outliving your retirement savings)
  • Moving to an assisted living facility or care home
  • Elder abuse from children or other relatives

When is it time to get help?

If you are experiencing any of these challenges, you might be feeling depressed, anxious, lonely, overwhelmed and exhausted, or feeling excessive grief or sadness. When this is affecting your life and your ability to enjoy life, or when your relationships are affected and your ability to cope or function is limited, it might be time to seek help. Some changes are inevitable but still feel like they are out of our control, so it’s not uncommon to need support navigating these changes in your life. Sometimes you might require support for depression, anxiety, or grief, and other times you might just need some coping strategies to deal with these major life transitions.

Treatment Methods

Depending on the challenges you’re facing and how they make you feel, there are different therapeutic approaches. Many treatment methods can be successful – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy and many more. It depends on you and what treatment method best suits your needs and personality. Your therapist will work with you to determine the most effective treatment method for you.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight?

Our therapists will support you and help you to navigate this phase of your life, so you can cope with the changes and losses (if there are any) and ideally find happiness and hope in your life.