Aging is a natural process that may present challenges for you and your family. It may be difficult for some adults to face the transition to retirement, deal with new frailty or medical conditions, or find enjoyable, meaningful activities if they do experience physical challenges that limit their mobility.
Therapy can help older adults who may have difficulty with the transitions of aging to manage their emotions, find new sources of enjoyment and meaning, and find new support systems. Encouraging active and healthy aging improves overall mental health. It can help people face their fears of death, if they have such fears, and deal with grief as friends and family members pass on.
Family therapy is effective for family members of elder relatives, as it can assist the family in dealing with their emotions, new family roles, and communication. The focus is on the relationships between parts of the system rather than the individuals involved in it. Older adults find a healthier mental well-being, knowing they have emotional assistance from their family.
Some common issues caregivers face include: anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, depression, sadness, isolation, physical strain, and exhaustion. Therapy offers the support and empowerment to help you care for yourself so you can regain energy and find it easier to provide care for your loved one.