On Thursday, Lori Edelson, LMSW, LMFT, taught a single-session course for SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) about “Mental Health Concerns for Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.” Lori cited US Census Bureau information indicating that in 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65. One in every five US residents will be a senior and in 2050, seniors will outnumber children for the first time in US history.
She discussed the way depression, anxiety, substance abuse and eating disorders affect seniors specifically and paid attention to ways to use alternative techniques to medication only to improve these conditions; including physical exercise, relaxation techniques, and psychotherapy. Topics also included how and why couples can grow apart over the years, planning for change and transition before there is an emergent crisis, and the importance of always recognizing that we have choices and that we must be able to effectively and honestly communicate with our families, care providers, and friends.
If you or a family member has any concerns about a senior loved one, or need help with life planning, please contact the Birmingham Maple Clinic.