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Late-life Counseling | Discovering Emotional Wellness

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Late-life Counseling | Discovering Emotional Wellness 


Like other age groups, older adults enjoy certain pluses – more time to pick up past hobbies, reconnect with old friends and long-lost relatives, and enjoy the memories of their earlier years. This is important – the years of youthful physical strength and robust health will begin to shift and change. For a significant number, declining health and strength may come sooner because of an unhealthy lifestyle and medical or emotional conditions.

Despite the physical and medical challenges, older adults can still enjoy their later years. It is okay to mellow or calm down after a hectic/active 50 or so years, but not to become gloomy, hopeless, helpless, and/or anxious. Take note that declining physical health can also bring about poor emotional well-being. Many studies show that increasing physical concerns can lead to emotional issues and/or conditions because of complicating factors, such as reduced social interactive activities, increased reliance on others, solitary living, and lost or reduced income.

 Notwithstanding the advancing years, seniors are as deserving to have and enjoy a robust emotional health for a fulfilling, happy life. If you feel that late life has caused you to be distressed, anxious, helpless or hopeless, don’t let these feelings dominate all aspects of your life. Seek the right kind of professional help. Counseling can help you find the missing piece in your life.


Older Adults Are Vulnerable

Emotional health, just as physical health, becomes more fragile with age because of the “mind-body connection.” Thus, as the body succumbs to the toll of years, so does the vitality of the mind. This means that if a senior is weighed down with a medical condition or physical weakness, he/she has the tendency to feel emotionally unwell too. This idea is embodied in this statement made by Web MD – “Emotional vitality is closely tied to physical vitality-just as your mind has powerful effects on your body, so your physical state affects how you feel and think.”

Accordingly, it isn’t surprising that people advancing in years become more vulnerable to emotional conditions. Based on the World Health Organization records, “Over 20% of adults aged 60 and over have a behavioral, emotional or neurological disorder and 6.6% of all disability among people over 60 years is attributed to emotional and neurological disorders.” The statistics not only prove their vulnerability. According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, their increasing risk can be ascribed to certain factors that touch aging and emotional health.

There are several risk factors that are common among seniors. Foremost are the growing physical concerns, reduced functionality, and vulnerability to age-related conditions. Declining physical health can lead to physical disabilities – poor vision, hearing and limited mobility. It can also result in them being more at risk for long-term or chronic medical conditions that can lower the quality of their lives. Late in life, they can also be at higher risk for cognitive conditions, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer.


A Fresh Purpose in Life: The New Late Life Course

Even when physical issues increase with age along with emotional vulnerability, senior life need not be a “mediocre” stage in any person’s life. There is more to senior life than distress and anxiousness. With the baby boomers now in this phase, the late life dynamic is shifting. Not only are the scientists focused on stretching longevity; other experts are also working toward it being easier for those extra years to be more productive and satisfying.

The pleasant possibility, however, may look empty for an older adult who is in the midst of depression, anxiety or a deep emotional issue – chronic medical condition, solitude, financial trouble, empty nest, etc. This can be further complicated when they feel that they have no purpose anymore in life. Experts believe that purposeful aging can make a difference in their lives. Despite the challenges, it is widely held that “new possibilities for older adults hold promise for strengthening societies, expanding economies and improving life for all ages.”

In fact, the present society recognizes that late life is a phase that older adults can have and enjoy. The life journey does not end here and now; there is more to a mellowed senior life. Their activities can be less vigorous, but it can be just as exciting, meaningful and interesting. It can be the most perfect time to rekindle old passions, to reinvent oneself, and/or to rediscover a fresh purpose. Major changes in life are never easy, especially at this age, but it is achievable.


Rediscovering Life Anew

If your older adult life has not turned out to be as satisfying as you wanted, do not lose hope. Rekindling old passions, reinventing yourself, and/or rediscovering a fresh purpose could be the way. Feeling weighed down with challenges, it could be difficult to see that there is hope. There is a way out of your difficult situation – seek the help of a counselor.

Having a purpose can powerfully heal and guide you. According to Next Avenue for Forbes, “Purpose enhances emotional and physical health, and is correlated with greater productivity, creativity and resilience. People with purpose tend to be more involved with their families, communities and colleagues.”  It can alter your perceptions, so you see your circumstances in a different light and in a meaningful way. It can revitalize you, giving you the enthusiasm to go on. It can encourage you to reach out and stay socially connected.

If transitioning feels so difficult for you and your purpose seems to have lost its appeal, you may not be emotionally prepared to make the shift. Having a purpose is important as you journey through life, especially during this phase. This could be the reason why having a purpose in life has been consistently considered as an “indicator of healthy aging.”


Improving Older Adult Emotional Wellness with Counseling

Improving your emotional health starts with knowing when to seek counseling from a caring and experienced behavioral health professional. It is important that you do not disregard the signs and symptoms of emotional conditions. This contributes to the rising number of undiagnosed, and therefore, untreated emotional cases among seniors. This results to the sobering truth that about “20 percent of older adults aged 55 or older have experienced some type of emotional health concern, but nearly one in three of those seniors do not receive treatment,” says the NIMH and the CDC.

Improving your emotional wellness also requires that you seek help from the right professional. In North Carolina, the most recognizable name in the field of counseling and therapy is Carolina Counseling Services. With their expansion, you can now be served conveniently if you live in the northern part of Fayetteville. With the opening of the most recent office right in your neighborhood, professional help is now accessible through Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC.

So, if you are struggling with a physical issue, do not discount the fact that your challenges could be a manifestation of an emotional issue or condition. With the connection between mind and body, it is possible that you could be struggling with emotional turmoil, depression or anxiety. With your advancing years and growing health concerns, and combined with some troubling or complicated emotional concerns, it is productive to have your symptoms assessed.   

You don’t have to bear the brunt of depression or anxiety. You don’t have to hide behind sadness or fear. Behind your successes, wisdom and lessons learned, you are as vulnerable as any other older adults. The right attitude is to rise above your challenges, just like when you were younger. Seeing a right-match counselor or therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office, Fayetteville, NC is a smart decision. Call now – this is the first step toward a higher quality senior life.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Cumberland, Bladen and Sampson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Sliver City NC, Linden NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Pineview NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC
Zip Codes: 28311, 28395, 28390, 28356

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422 McArthur Road, Suite 2
FayettevilleNC 28311

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Fayetteville, NC 28311

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  • Becky Clark, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Anxiety, Depression, Individuals, Couples, Geriatrics, Criminal Justice, Stress Management, Loss and Grief related to death, disability, divorce, deployment, “empty nest”, retirement and other major life transitions
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    Location: Fayetteville, NC