“Old age ain’t for sissies.” – Bette Davis
I know from my experience working with many older individuals and families that many of us agree with Bette’s famous statement. Despite the media’s efforts to brand older life as the “golden years”, most people recognize that a Pollyanna approach isn’t realistic. On the other hand, we’re also inundated with messages that older people don’t matter, that our best days are behind us, and ahead lies depression, doom and gloom. We can become overwhelmed as we attempt to navigate our way through these conflicting messages while encountering a myriad of challenges and the glimpse of new, rich opportunities.
Old age is termed “Another Country” by renowned psychologist Mary Pipher. The challenges and the developmental tasks are not the same as those we faced in our youth; and they are more complex, even, than those we experience(-d) in midlife. Older life is definitely “Terra Incognita” (i.e. land unknown) – for those of us walking through it first hand and for our adult children.Globally, thanks to scientific advances, the human life span is older than ever. However, the quality of life too often does not keep up with the quantity of years. The good news is that support and education can be found!
Guides Can Help Ease Your Journey
“Aging is a team sport.” – Dr. Bill Thomas
1. Older people who are positive roles models for you can provide guidance. Ask them questions, listen to their stories, find out what they enjoy about being their age and what surprises them. These conversations are a win-win: a win for the older folks who have so much wisdom to share, and for middle-aged and younger people who can benefit from their knowledge.
2. There are a growing number of very good guidebooks flooding the market as our population ages. Mary Pipher’s Another Country, The Longevity Revolution by Dr. Robert Butler (the founding Director of the National Institute of Aging), From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and Aging as a Spiritual Practice by Lewis Richmond are excellent examples.
3. Use me as a one-on-one specialized Guide for support and specific answers. I have experience and expertise in gerontology (the study of aging), counseling psychology, advocacy and consultation. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist with 12 years of experience serving older individuals, couples, and families.
Working with me as your sounding board and information source, you will learn what constitutes normal aging in most circumstances, and when you need to address any unhealthy elements which call for special attention and help. You’ll gain access to a wide range of available solutions and effective strategies for dealing with many of the challenges you face. You’ll have a compassionate and competent companion on your journey. And, you’ll benefit by not having to reinvent the wheel on your own.
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