Aging is a natural process that may present challenges not only to one's physical health, but one’s mental health as well. There may be feelings of loneliness as family members create new family systems or move away. Grief and loss is felt more frequently as loved one's own health deteriorates or distinguishes. Most adults experience stress as they approach and pass middle age, and the support of a mental health professional can help ease the transition into the next stage of life.
Local Experts in Aging
Elinor Nygren Szapiro
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy
I am a senior myself (70 plus) and personally understand the unique challenges that seniors face. This personal resonance motivates me to support my fellow seniors.
Couples Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy
A majority of my graduate work was with older adults and their caregivers. These experiences include individual and group therapy with seniors at an aging center, behavioral health consultation at a medical practice, individual and group therapy at an inpatient behavioral health hospital, individual therapy with caregivers, education with caregivers, research, and neuropsychological assessment.
Aging is not a mental health issue...it's an adjustment to life's inevitable changes. Learning to navigate these sometimes very difficult changes can give us a sense of life's richness in spite of any regrets or sorrows we may have. We can learn to hold all of these experiences -- our regrets, our sorrows, our joys and our fears with great presence and equanimity and fulfillment.
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy
Aging is full of loss . . . loss of independence, identity, resources, health and many others. As the daughter of an elderly mom, I identify with the changes that she and my family have experienced and have worked with many others experiencing the same issues around aging.
Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy
I have worked with skilled nursing facilities as well and an older adult inpatient behavioral health unit. I also am trained to lead Circle Talk older adult groups to address different issues that come up during life transitions as we get older.