Aging Concerns

It is not uncommon to have complex emotions related to getting older. While many older people are happy and content with their lives, others may feel sad, lonely, or worried about death or illness. Older adults (or adults of any age) with concerns related to aging, like most populations, can benefit from the care of an experienced mental health professional. If you have aging concerns, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

Meet the specialists

MidLife phase often consists of reflective thinking, worrying, reminiscing and re-living choices you wish you “had” made while being resentful of certain choices you “did” make. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking blocks you from being able to look and move forward toward some better years ahead. If you're tired of holding onto old issues and conditionings of the past and continuously struggle with negative thoughts, let's talk.

— Jacqueline Connors, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa, CA

For the past 18 years, my education, experience and focus of practice is working with concerns related to aging and planning for the last phase of your life. Particular to aging is loss of independence, physical abilities, cognitive impairment, coping with pain, chronic health conditions, feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed by so many life changing, urgent decisions, dealing with the challenges of caregiving and facing the fears, uncertainty and stress from any life transition and the unknown.

— Tanya Witman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

With again what must happen is we get older. Nothing else is required. Yet, in different cultures, communities and homes there can be many expectations about aging that bring grieving, dread, giving into poor habits, or even giving up. In session we explore your thoughts and identify which allow you to be the happiest and most purposeful.

— Antonia Allison, Marriage & Family Therapist in Diamond Bar, CA

For when my parents were not acting nor doing the right things. My grandmother was the hero in my life, and though she has since gone. I will forever honor her and those who are truly “GREAT and GRAND as PARENTS”. I SAY “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!” I completed my Master Thesis on: What is the experience of the Elderly WHO are alone? My Ph.D. Dissertation: What is the experience of those sixty-five and older?

— Dr. Patricia Bell, Psychologist in orlando, FL

We can help you understand the process of your loved one aging and how to best support your family member as the memories fade.

— Sally Sharp, Psychologist in OAK HARBOR, WA

Middle aged moms face unique and sometimes challenging circumstances. The stress involved in balancing raising adult children and aging parents at the same time can be exhausting. After years of putting yourself second or last, you end up developing unhealthy habits. This leads women to struggle even more with body image and self-esteem. As we get older, women can struggle with empty nest syndrome, menopause, caring for elderly parents, medical issues, and even widowhood.

— Marti Weiler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

Getting older does not have to mean losing your sense of self or direction in life. You may be unsure of what lies ahead or are finding that you no longer enjoy the things you once did and are feeling lonely, down, or frustrated as a result. Whatever challenges you may be up against, I believe that this can be one of the richest stages of life: one where you can find meaning in each day and be present with the people and the things you love.

— Christine Chinni, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I have 13 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation counseling and have experience working with individuals experiencing major life transitions sometimes attributed to the natural aging process. I have assisted individuals in their desire to improve their quality of life, move forward with retirement plans, and find heightened purpose and fulfillment in their older years.

— Julie Sliga, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I treat the following aging-related issues: late-life depression and anxiety, transitions to retirement, long-term care, grief/loss, changes in physical function, coping with serious or chronic illness, medical frailty, caregiver stress, dementia, memory loss, existential and end-of-life concerns.

— Katherine Lou, Psychologist in Brookline, MA

The aging process is a natural part of life that each person will experience in their own unique way. I find that if we find comfort in our Spirit and Mind, by questioning our beliefs, developing spiritual strengths and applying them in our lives, we can embrace and learn its lessons.

— Shay Phillips, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cypress, TX

Hello, Baby Boomers! I am a geriatric psychologist & I feel so drawn to your generation, to everything you & your loved ones are going through as you navigate all the new issues associated with each stage of life, the changes taking place not just in your body & mind, but in your spirit, in the world around you, and in your relationship to it. I may not have as much life experience & wisdom as you, but I do know a few things! I'm sure you'll find that I have much to share that will help you.

— Dr. Michelle Alvarez, Clinical Psychologist in Asheville, NC

I'm certified in Gerontology and have an extensive background helping older adults and caregivers navigate the challenges that come with aging. I also actively promote healthy aging, so if you're interested in quality of life (being sharp and spry), let's connect.

— Dr. Anna Yam, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Mid & later life are times when patterns that are both life-affirming and others that are less productive or satisfying are evident. It is a time of assessing and evaluating what your life has been; you may also be questioning the meaning of life in general and of your life in particular, and wondering what is next. Psychotherapy is an excellent vehicle in this phase of life to initiate or deepen an inquiry into your life, its meaning, and any changes you would like to make.

— Peggy Handler, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

I spent 10 years in Florida treating seniors ages 55 and up. I understand the process of 'aging in place' and helping seniors develop a satisfying post-retirement life. I have also helped many seniors who were terminally ill. I incorporated pet therapy in my work at this time with my miniature pinscher Lucy. My clients deeply appreciated Lucy's involvement in their mental health care, at the outpatient, assisted living and nursing home levels of care that I provided.

— Barbara Elgin, Counselor in Towson, MD

Aging is a time of tremendous change, and we are faced with both physical and emotional challenges. These include changes in our physical capabilities, memory, sexuality, economic position, career, role in society, and identity. And, of course, we are also faced with the deaths of friends and loved ones. In my practice, I focus on helping older individuals and older couples explore the emotional impact of these challenges, and work to find new sources of meaning and joy in their lives.

— Jacob Brown, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte madera, CA

I am certified in Geriatric Mental Health and I enjoy working with older adults. I realize there are many layers to grief during our life transitions and can help support you to help you feel as empowered, peaceful and joyful as possible.

— Katie Jorstad, Clinical Social Worker in San Marcos, CA