Let’s be real. Aging and all it encompasses is hard!
We have been told that years and years of hard work and dedication will pay off in a lovely retirement where we can enjoy the fruits of our labor. However, the reality of being an older adult living in 2022 can look very different at often very challenging.
Erik Erikson identifies this stage of life as the final stage of psychological development, Integrity vs. Despair. This is a time when we reflect on our past journey and current situations. We embrace what we have experienced, acknowledge our accomplishments, find acceptance and make peace resulting in the sense of integrity. Alternately, we can find fault in our past, and unresolved trauma can surface. We may have regrets and see missed opportunities resulting in a sense of despair. This process is natural and requires space to reflect intentionally, explore our inner selves, understand our relationships, and find healing of past wounds. Therapy can provide a warm, supportive, non-judgmental space to connect with your past and engage in this kind of work.
Common challenges that arise during this phase of life are not limited to but can include:
- Adjusting to retirement- finding purpose and identity outside of work and reconnection within our relationships.
- Adult Children struggling
- Raising Grandchildren
- Past Trauma resurfacing
- Grief around the loss of spouse/partner, family, friends
- Loss of functioning and independence
- Cognitive decline
- Chronic Health issues
- Terminal Illness
- End-of-life planning
I have spent a large portion of my career supporting Older Adults as they navigate these challenges. I work hard to build a warm and trusting environment as you reflect, process, gain insight into your journey, and find healing. If you are struggling with any of the above challenges or are seeking support as you move into these older adult years, please reach out for a free 30-minute consultation.