Where to Start – Organising Psychological Support for Older Adults
Can you please help? How do we find a psychologist for our elderly client?
Despite not routinely offering delivery of psychological services, as a registered psychologist I am often contacted for help in organising psychological support for an older person who may be experiencing emotional changes.
There aren't many clinicians who work with older adults in private practice and those who do perhaps do not promoted themselves and their business. I certainly remember the challenges of marketing my business a decade ago when Wise Care was purely a psychological services based business. The recent requests for recommendations often stop me in whatever else I may be doing and cause me to reflect on the huge journey undertaken since then as I acknowledge the increased awareness on the importance of mental wellbeing in late life. Finally, we are getting there.
Today, more than...
Isolation has been a long-standing issue for many older adults whose physical health has declined and support needs increased. Sadly, in many instances isolation has been normalised as normal part of ageing, along with the assumption that depression too is just part of getting old. In this article we are going to explore latest research on the impact of isolation in late life, particularly related to COVID-19 offer strategies how to gently reintroduce opportunities for better engagement and social connections in late life.
Many individuals who experience isolation may subsequently experience loneliness and be at risk of developing mental health condition(s). They are not as active, engaged and well as they once were and may not be able to jump in the car as readily as before, go for a walk or organise a holiday with friends or family. Life is different, their support needs have increased and their losses may be multiple - loss of independence, loss of value,...