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Therapists for Elders
I am looking for recommendations for individual counseling/psychotherapy for my 80 year old mother. She has been dealing with depression for the last several years, and now that my father has had a stroke it is clear she needs more help than I feel qualified to give. Does anyone know of someone who specializes in counseling for the elderly, who she might feel comfortable with? Appreciate any names or resources where I might start my search. Concerned Daughter
My mom, who is in her mid-eighties, was recently diagnosed with mild dementia or Altzheimers. She's had an MRI and is working with a Neurologist. She has become very sad about the diagnosis, worried, and depressed. It might be a normal reaction, but I am worried about the depression and of course don't want her to be hurting. I'm thinking some talk therapy might help. Does anyone have a counselor they could recommend who would be good with this sort of issue? Thank you. Sad
1) San Francisco - Institute on Aging (IOA): they are an umbrella organiz. that have many different programs for older adults
2) Oakland / Berk. - Center for Elders Independence (CEI) - the IOA of the East Bay
3) Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) - helps w/support & respite of the caregivers/families
As for therapists, I would recommend Carol Nabori, LCSW w/Elder Care Consultants. She is in Oakland (near Summit Hospital) and has a very gentle, sweet approach. I don't know how much she charges or what insurance she takes, but just a thought. Good luck and kudos to you for reaching out for support early on....... anon
My mom has asked for a referral to therapy. She is in her 60s and ready to deal with the following issues: aging parents, continued grief for first husband who died at age 43 leaving her (at that time a stay at home mom) with kids to raise and pretty much no money. Ten years later (at 53) she had a stroke. She recovered well but now must wear a foot brace and has limited mobility. It's been hard. Over the ensuring 10 years, she gained weight and I think this has caused additional epression. Mom remarried in 2000. He's a nice guy but he's a bit dopey and, the kicker: he is obese. She's worried about him but also, I think, disgusted by his lack of physical activity and his secret eating. He wants to retire soon and she is worried that she will lose her mind with him at home doing basically nothing but watch movies and eat.
This is a big, very complex job and will require the right person. Somebody who can show compassion for my mom but, when the time is right, constructively help her realize how letting go of her judgments of herself and others is the best gift she can give to herself.
She's a Kaiser member but, since last I checked, Kaiser only approves 20 sessions a year and I think she'll need to go more regularly than that thus she's willing to pay out of pocket. But Kaiser would be great economically. Thank you in advance for your ideas and suggestions. anon
Good for your mom for taking this on! Therapy certainly has changed my life. Feel free to email with questions.
Dr. Laurie Campbell 2910 Camino Diablo, Suite 200 Walnut Creek, 94596 (925) 947-2922alanya
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