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Posted on Apr 10, 2015 in Elderly, News, Seniors, Therapy

Benefits of Therapy for the Elderly

The elderly face later-life problems and the many changes brought about by this stage of life. Retirement, loss of a partner and health problems are some of the changes that are common in old age. These are changes that can result in complete turnaround of life as they know it. This can lead to sadness, depression and other physical illnesses. One way to ease the transition into the senior years is through therapy.

Counseling for the elderly

Making sense of therapy for senior citizens

Therapy is not necessarily only for the young. Now with better quality of life and advancement in medical care, more and more people are living well into the golden years. Why not live these years happily rather than suffering for lack of coping skills?

Counseling sessions with an experienced therapist can greatly help those seniors who are struggling to cope with the pressures of a changing lifestyle or those who are battling depression. This is the first step in maximizing the therapy benefits. When you can accept that therapy can do you good, it certainly can help you.

Finding the right therapist

Your need for therapy may differ from another even if they are battling similar problems.

First identify your need for a therapist. Do you need individual or family sessions? Do you need to consult with a marriage counselor? Do you need the services of a psychologist for deeper mental and emotional issues? Finding and connecting with an experienced and licensed therapist is the second step in maximizing the benefits of therapy.

Managing expectations from therapy sessions

The next step is managing expectations the right way. It takes time and patience to work out deeper issues and benefit from counseling. If you do not feel comfortable with your counselor you may need to look for a better fit.

Not all therapists may able to work with the elderly, so keep looking until you find the therapist who meets your needs. Expect to feel safe and comfortable with a therapist.

Expect painful feelings to surface during the sessions. But don’t be disheartened by it. If such a thing happens, know that the therapist is doing something right.

Evaluating your progress

Then it is important to evaluate the progress you are making in your therapy sessions.

Do you feel better? Do you feel more stable emotionally? Are feelings of loneliness/emptiness subsiding? Ask these questions and more to yourself and let your answers guide you to the progress you are making in your therapy sessions.

Need more help?

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your situation. The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are ready to help! Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a message.