To help older adults maintain their independence to the greatest extent possible and age in place by providing quality mental health services and emotional support. Research has indicated that one of the greatest issues for older adults is loneliness. The issue of social isolation, coupled with depression, is an important factor that contributes to the high risk for suicide among this population. Even though depression is the single most significant risk factor for suicide for older adults, older persons with depression rarely seek treatment for the illness and often don’t recognize it for what it is.
Older adults often suffer losses that include friends, loved ones, health, income, and independence. The aim of our Older Adult Counseling Programs is to provide a safe and supportive environment where participants can address issues of concern and maintain their independence. Many older adults use their time with us to share thoughts about their day-to-day lives, to reminisce about the past, or to speculate about the future. All of these are good topics for discussion during counseling sessions.