Therapy for Seniors Articles

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

    Both family caregivers and seniors may benefit from a little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and PTSD that can occur after a parent or spouse passes away.

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  • Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors

    In seniors, it can be challenging for doctors to distinguish the symptoms of new or worsening mental illness from medication interactions or conditions like dementia.

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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 Caregiver Burnout

    Without proper support, caregiving can take a toll on your health and your psyche. Burnout is a caregiver’s worst enemy, but 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 caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Adding a Geriatric Care Manager to your Elder Care Team

    Geriatric care managers are an elder care resource that many caregivers may not even be aware of. Learn how your family could benefit from adding a GCM to your care team and how to find one who is a good match for your senior care needs.

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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 is easy to get caught up in caring for others and forget to take care of yourself. However, staying healthy mentally and physically directly affects the quality of care and interaction that you are able to provide for others.

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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?

    People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” can be the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Coping with Caregiver Anger

    The emotional side of caregiving for an elderly loved one often includes moments of anger. Learn to cope with the anger, frustration and resentment that arises while providing daily care.

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  • Five Questions Family Caregivers Should Ask Themselves

    Is caring for aging parents the right fit for you? How do you know if you can handle the responsibilities and time commitments of caregiving while keeping your own sanity and protecting your other relationships?

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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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  • 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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  • Complementary Therapies: Reiki for Seniors

    Reiki is a holistic therapy that can complement any conventional medical treatments a senior is already receiving. Using touch, Reiki practitioners transfer restorative energy to their patients to aid in physical and mental healing.

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  • Grief & Bereavement Top Tips: Prioritizing Self-Care After a Loved One Passes Away

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for taking care of yourself throughout the grieving process.

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  • Music Therapy and Mom's Dementia

    For individuals living with dementia, music has a powerful effect. Music has the incredible ability to transport us back in time, reduce stress, help us escape the present and make us more mindful of our emotions.

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  • Music-Thanatology: Providing Harmony at the End of Life

    Music has impressive healing powers for people of all ages but can be especially comforting for those who are terminally ill. Music-thanatologists are specially trained to use music to provide peace and reassurance throughout the dying process.

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