The Baby Boomer generation is redefining what it means to “age gracefully.” They’re eschewing rocking chairs and card games in favor of active lifestyles. They’re working and living longer. While this young-at-heart generation places a premium on physical health, many struggle to care for their mental health.
Mental health disorders are rising fastest among Baby Boomers: an estimated 20 percent of people age 55 or older experience some type of mental health issue, and the number of older adults with depression is expected to double by 2030.
The aging process brings many challenging life changes – retirement, loss of independence, chronic illness…even the death of a lifelong partner. While it is normal to go through a period of adjustment during age-related transitions, it’s important to be mindful of signs of trouble. Retirement can make Boomers feel obsolete or irrelevant, causing them to withdraw. The death of a spouse – especially after a decades-long marriage – can bring about intense depression and social isolation. Important celebrations – especially birthdays or holidays – can trigger feelings of loneliness, loss and longing.
While some Boomers are hesitant about therapy, many have experienced the benefits of counseling firsthand. Working with a trained therapist has helped them develop coping skills, better manage stress and mitigate the detrimental effects of untreated depression, anxiety or trauma.
Telehealth services provide Boomers high-quality, accessible care on their terms. For seniors unable to drive – or those who prefer privacy – sessions can be done in the comfort of home. When considering more than 85 percent of seniors use a smartphone or tablet, active Boomers can conduct mobile-friendly telehealth therapy sessions.
As our Boomers age, we need to utilize every care vehicle possible to address their evolving needs. If your or someone you know is interested in telehealth options with one of our licensed clinical experts, please call (954) 909-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.