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.

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There are so many curve balls thrown at us as we age! Whether a recent retirement, the loss of a spouse or close friend, news of a current diagnosis, a fall that has forced you to seek more help at home, questions around where to live, or the struggles of caregiving for a family member...it often feels like so much is out of your control. Feelings of loneliness, fears about the future, and health concerns can be overwhelming. It's important to get the support you need so you can feel stronger.

— Claire Solu-Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chatham, NJ
 

There are so many curve balls thrown at us as we age! Whether a recent retirement, the loss of a spouse or close friend, news of a current diagnosis, a fall that has forced you to seek more help at home, questions around where to live, or the struggles of caregiving for a family member...it often feels like so much is out of your control. Feelings of loneliness, fears about the future, and health concerns can be overwhelming. It's important to get the support you need so you can feel stronger.

— Claire Solu-Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chatham, NJ

As a neuropsychologist with expertise in aging and dementia, I am highly educated and have extensive experience working with older adults, spouses, and families affected by the unique challenges of aging and age-related disease and disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and all forms of dementia.

— Jenna Renfroe, Clinical Psychologist
 

We all begin aging the moment we enter this world. If we are lucky, we get to experience life into our advanced years. That doesn’t mean the aging process is easy even though it is natural. As individuals age and experience changes in their physical, mental, and professional lives sometimes they experience a multitude of emotions. This is true for loved ones of those going through the aging process also. It is a privilege to accompany individuals and families on the aging journey.

— Becky Short, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Gainesville, GA

I have many years of experience focusing on the aging population. I have worked with people dealing with chronic pain, adjustment to life transitions, life-long struggle with depression and anxiety among other issues.

— Diliana Polanco, Clinical Social Worker
 

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, Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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, Therapist 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

work at long-term care facilities and with older adults in private practice

— Antonia Hickey, Clinical Psychologist in Los angeles, CA
 

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

Elizabeth truly enjoys working with seniors, and is skilled in aging and caregiving issues. She has been a Medicare provider for many years, and has helped senior clients address issues such as health problems, chronic illness, family conflict, downsizing, retirement, relocation, grief and bereavement.

— Elizabeth Kovacs, Clinical Social Worker in Cornelius, NC
 

There are so many curve balls thrown at us as we age! Whether a recent retirement, the loss of a spouse or close friend, news of a current diagnosis, a fall that has forced you to seek more help at home, questions around where to live, or the struggles of caregiving for a family member...it often feels like so much is out of your control. Feelings of loneliness, fears about the future, and health concerns can be overwhelming. It's important to get the support you need so you can feel stronger.

— Claire Solu-Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chatham, NJ