ABOUT THERAPY FOR AGING AND OLDER ADULTS
Although aging is inevitable, we choose how we meet the tasks and challenges of aging. We can buy into the fantasy and perpetuate the myth that we should look, feel, and act like we’re twenty or we can organically evolve into something more experienced, spiritual, and masterful. Let’s clear what’s in the way that keeps you from living the fullest life you can in the present moment at whatever age you are now.
During the retirement or senior phase of life, many changes occur in your life. Welcoming new family members, developing new hobbies and purpose, or bidding people goodbye are often overarching themes during a stage of life. They require flexibility and resiliency and I will help you develop these skills and meet these new tasks.
THE JOY OF AGING
When met with flexibility and resiliency, aging, retirement, and this “senior stage” can be a time of profound joy– a great adventure where you are free from the responsibilities of raising your children to simply enjoy the fruits of your life’s work while exploring your own interests and activities or focusing on developing and supporting relationships with family and friends.
THE CHALLENGES OF AGING
As with everything, just as aging has its joys, it also has its challenges. You may experience normal aging and decline of physical and mental abilities– which can be a difficult adjustment! I will help you to meet this challenges with tenacity, optimism, and compassion.
The quality of your life during aging and retirement in part depends on your flexibility and how well you adjusted changes and transitions in earlier phases of life. How you care about your mind, body, and soul while you meet these challenges will also affect your quality of life. I can help with that too.
A common misconception is that aging automatically means you will experience poor health. Many of us know people who are swimming, hiking, and doing yoga in their 80’s and 90’s.
DEVELOPMENTAL TASKS DURING AGING AND RETIREMENT PHASE OF LIFE
Specific goals and challenges to meet with aging in the senior phase:
- Developing new interests, hobbies, and ways to find purpose and meaning beyond child-rearing and work when you are retired and have an empty nest
- Adjusting to the physiological and mental changes you and your partner may be experiencing
- Dealing with the loss of a partner, sibling, and friends
- Reckoning with your own mortality and regrets
- Adjusting to changes in sexual drive and functioning and working through them with your partner
- Providing emotional support for your adult children and extended family members.
- Providing support for the older generation while maintaining your own health and sanity by defining your limits and boundaries about how much you are able to give
- Exploring new family and social roles
- Reminiscing, reviewing, and reflecting on your life and all you have learned and experienced during your life