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When Mental Health and Aging Collide

March 13, 2021

From the Kiplinger website

Pat Walker was feeling particularly low. A sister had just died, and after a huge fight with her daughter, she couldn’t get out of bed. For this active, engaged 74-year-old, that was unheard of.

So she sought therapy, which she had done in the past, but this time it was with a geropsychologist, someone who specializes in treating older people. For Walker, who is identified by a combination of her middle and maiden names to protect her privacy, that was life-changing. “It was extremely helpful to have someone with a knowledge of older people, who understands the whole notion that seniors go through periods of isolation and frustration mainly because of their age and their placement in life,” she says.

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