Older adults often face different stressors than younger and middle aged adults. Research shows that approximately 10-25% of older adults experience depressed mood while 11% experience anxiety. Unfortunately, depression and anxiety in older adulthood often go untreated because many people think that they are normal parts of aging and natural reactions to chronic illness, loss and social transition. They’re not.
My plan for older adults includes the exploration and treatment of five core areas: depression, anxiety, cognition, medical concerns (i.e., pain and sleep), and practical life issues. I prioritize the management of day-to-day reality-based concerns while teaching real life strategies to improve mood and increase quality of life.