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Older Adult Services

One of DeAne’s passions in life is working with older individuals and the specific mental health and life concerns that they face. She is a believer that life is full of challenges, transitions and adjustments, no matter how young or old you are. The issues you face may change significantly over a lifetime, but your need for care, concern and understanding remains constant. The increased numbers of older individuals and a continued lengthening of the life span signal the need to expand counseling services to a population often overlooked--the older adult. Older adults are healthier and better educated than ever before, and therefore, more concerned about the quality of life as well as the length of it.

A number of role transitions and losses heighten the vulnerability of the older person--children leaving home, career change, retirement, death of a spouse, isolation, and residential moves. A deficit in personal resources and/or coping skills may mean a need for counseling services.

If you are seeking services for yourself or if you are an adult child seeking mental health services for a loved one, please do not hesitate to call DeAne. She not only can help you at her practice but can also be a knowledgable source of support for resources in the area that can benefit you and or your loved one. DeAne offers a few different options of the older adults at Live Life Counseling and Consulting in additional to treating general mental health concerns. 

One of the main ways DeAne approaches concerns with her older adults at her practice is with Reminiscence Therapy which is a branch of cognitive behavioral therapy.  Reminiscence therapy refers to recollections of memories from the past and these memories be utilized for the benefit of a client. For instance, for people with Alzheimer’s disease encouraging the act of reminiscence can be highly beneficial to their inner self and their interpersonal skills. Reminiscence involves exchanging memories with the old and young, with caregivers and professionals, with family members, it is passing on information, insight and knowledge. It is about giving the person a sense of value, importance, belonging, power and peace during the counseling process. DeAne focuses on emphasizing the strengths of her older clients, not weaknesses; guides her clients in developing independence while diminishing dependence, and encouraging decision making and proactive action. By weaving elements of reminiscence therapy into her various counseling approaches with older adults, DeAne can combat the common issues that older adults face such as:

 

depression    •    grief and Loss       isolation      family conflict     loss of independence     loss of job      discrimination      mortality angst     cognitive impairments     coping with medical issues      financial stressors     reduced sense of purpose     anxiety     role transition       environmental adjustment   

 

DeAne recognizes that it is hard at times for older individuals to seek outside help for mental health concerns and sometimes view counseling with doubt, suspicion, and anxiety. Older adults often rely on other professionals such as the family physician or minister, or their own support network of family and friends. These other sources can be wonderful support for concerns and are often utilized in the counseling process.  Counseling the elderly most often requires a holistic approach--consistent with lifestyle counseling. Therefore, DeAne seeks to be mindful of her client’s preference and is also very mindful to address the older adult mental health needs with compassion and respect as she works with them on living their life. DeAne provides older adult counseling at her Winter Park office and also at assisted living facilities, retirement homes, and medical facilities in Orange and Seminole County. There is additional paperwork and travel fees for home / facility sessions; however, being able to see a professional in ones own environment may be more ideal for some clients as they deal with creating a more positive life for themselves in their senior years.