Aging is often a difficult process. While there is much to be gained with aging, such as becoming a grandparent, enjoying retirement, and accumulating wisdom, there is also accompanying loss. This loss may take the form of losing independence, mobility, social/family support, or physical/mental function. These changes may be difficult to cope with, and additionally, many elderly have a diagnosable mental health condition that may be overlooked by family and physicians and wrongly attributed to the aging process. Entering therapy to learn to cope may be a good option for some. In addition to treating any accompanying mental health condition, therapists can be help in the aging process by working with patients to recapture meaning in one’s current life, helping learn to cope with chronic health conditions, and assisting with finding peace as one reflects back on past years.
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