Counseling can help!
Did you know that about 20% of adults aged 60 or older experience some type of mental health or neurological issue, but nearly one in three of those seniors do not receive treatment?
(Statistic from World Health Organization)
Risk Factors for Mental Illness in Seniors
Alcohol or substance abuse
Change of environment, moving
Changes in level of independence
Illness or death of a loved one
Long-term illness (ex: cancer, unregulated diabetes, or heart disease)
Medication interactions, side effects, and inconsistent dosages
Loss of ability to engage in hobbies or interests
Loss of structure or routines
Physical illnesses that can affect emotion, memory, & thought
Poor diet or malnutrition
Common Signs & Symptoms of mental illness
- Changes in hygiene, appearance, or dress.
- Problems maintaining the home or yard.
- Confusion, disorientation, problems with concentration or decision-making.
- Decrease or increase in appetite, changes in weight.
- Depressed mood lasting longer than two weeks.
- Feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, helplessness, or self-criticism.
- Expressing or having thoughts of suicide.
- Memory loss, especially recent or short-term memory problems.
- Physical problems that can’t otherwise be explained: stomach issues, body aches, migraines, etc.
- Social withdrawal, loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable.
- Trouble paying bills & managing money.
- Unexplained tiredness, energy loss, or sleep issues.
Benefits of Counseling for Seniors
- Explore Life Transitions and Changes: homes, health, & habits
- Create New Purpose & Vision
- Address Grief and Loss: family, friends, and what’s familiar
- Processing terminal illness & end of life planning
- Developing new healthy habits & routines
how we can help
At Angelus, we understand that everyone’s experiences are different. As there are different levels of supports, skills, and comfort in treatment, we strive to individualize the treatment process based on your needs and comfort level.
Our therapists may use a variety of treatment approaches, based on your needs, comfort level, and learning styles. We encourage you to speak up, ask questions, and try new options. One of our top priorities is to stay educated and informed about new approaches to manage the impact of struggles on your daily life.
Work with your therapist on a one-on-one basis. We provide a safe space, without judgement to explore your thoughts, feelings and responses to life’s struggles.
Bring your loved ones to the counseling process so that we can address the impact of changes in life, relationships, and independence and develop new approaches to manage them.
Learn forms of meditation, self calming, therapeutic yoga, and develop an internal sense of balance.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Address the link between your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors and learn ways to interrupt unhealthy cycles.
never stop learning
A lot of mental health treatment is education. Learning about the normal and abnormal aspects of aging can empower you and give direction when feeling overwhelmed and lost.
Here are some direct links to different blogs and websites we find helpful in this learning process.
Challenges: Options in Aging- New Castle 724-658-3729
LIFE Lawrence County- 724-657-8800
W. Randolph Richardson, MD- Psychiatrist specializing in 55+ adults- 724-657-1881
- World Health Organization: Mental Health in Older Adults
Counseling can help!
are you ready?
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143 E Wallace ave
New Castle, PA 16101