Therapy for Seniors

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy May Help Family Caregivers Cope With Complicated Grief

    Caregivers and seniors may benefit from this little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and post-traumatic stress that can arise after a care recipient dies.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    The diagnosis and treatment of a mental disorder is much more complicated for older adults. Understanding the symptoms of and barriers to diagnosis and treatment can help ensure an aging loved one gets the care they need.

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  • Music Therapy for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Certain songs and melodies can have surprising effects on individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. Exposing your loved one to music therapy or recreational activities can jog their memory and be especially enjoyable for them in facilities and at home.

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  • The Importance of Counseling for Caregivers

    Without proper support, caregiving can take a toll on your health and your psyche. Burnout is a caregiver’s worst enemy, but mental health resources like counseling can help you provide high-quality care and achieve emotional stability.

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  • Grief & Bereavement Top Tips: Where to Find Grief Counseling and Support Groups

    Bereavement groups are an important therapeutic tool for gaining information, outside support and coping strategies when dealing with loss. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for seeking support after the death of a loved one.

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  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a family caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burden and find resources that can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • A Typical Day in a Senior Rehab Facility

    After being hospitalized seniors are often prescribed a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility to help them get back on their feet. While the focus of their stay is rehabilitation, the services provided by a skilled nursing facility are not limited to therapy.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    It’s easy to get caught up in caregiving and let your own needs take a backseat, but your physical and mental health directly affect the quality of care you provide. Put yourself first by learning how to prioritize self-care and prevent caregiver burnout.

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  • How to Engage in Self-Care While Grieving

    Grief is an inescapable part of caregiving. We mourn an aging loved one’s physical and cognitive losses as they decline and eventually mourn their death. Self-care is vital to a caregiver’s physical and mental health throughout the grieving process.

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  • Treating Menopausal Depression: What Works and What Doesn’t

    Menopausal depression is a common problem for aging women. There are a number of effective options out there for treatment for both menopausal symptoms in general and depression more specifically.

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  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Using “therapeutic fibbing” to validate their perceptions and feelings is the kindest, most respectful way to handle confusion, hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Coping With Caregiver Anger

    Feelings of anger, frustration and resentment are all too common when caring for an aging loved one. Identifying how you cope with these emotions can help you devise strategies for managing caregiver anger in healthier ways.

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  • 5 Questions to Determine the Impact of Caregiving

    Many of us dive into caregiving with full hearts and little forethought. Doing some honest soul searching can help you sort out your priorities, set goals for your loved one’s care and establish your own boundaries.

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  • Anxiety, OCD and Hoarding in Older Adults

    Anxiety disorders common among the elderly include general anxiety, hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when it negatively impacts daily life, it crosses over into a serious medical disorder.

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  • Treatments for Depression in the Elderly

    Depression is a serious but treatable condition. These are some of the most common and effective treatment options that doctors recommend for seniors who are experiencing mental health issues.

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  • An Overview of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy

    Physical therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy: Learn the different types of geriatric rehabilitation services available, where they occur, and what exercises are used to help improve a senior's functional abilities.

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  • 10 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Depression

    A family caregiver’s risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of a non-caregiver. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.

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  • Elderly Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy

    There are three main types of rehabilitative therapy for elderly people: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

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  • Caring for Aging Parents Who Didn’t Care for You

    Caring for aging parents is complicated enough, but for those who endured abusive and neglectful childhoods, caregiving can reopen old wounds and cause new trauma. Choosing whether to participate in a parent’s care is tough, but you do have options.

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  • Hydrotherapy with Mum

    I could tell Mum was nervous, but with her new bathing suit and some gentle encouragement, her confidence grew. Surprisingly, a day at the pool left her feeling marvelous.

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