Aging and Wellness
Dr. Pecoraro Psy.D. and his associates have passion for working with individuals over the age of 65 (Older Adults) and their families. We help older adults adjust to issues of aging and also assist family members in reducing the stress of being a caregiver. We also assist the older adult and families with end-of-life issues.
Aging is a natural process, but that does not mean it will not present challenges. Some challenges that are common include:
Transitioning to retirement
Dealing with frailty or medical conditions
Adjusting to the deaths of friends, peers, and partners
Finding enjoyable and meaningful activities
Coping with depression, anxiety and loneliness
Memory issues, Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
Counseling Can Help!
Counseling can help older adults who may have difficulty with the transitions of aging to:
Manage and cope with emotions
Find new sources of enjoyment and meaning
Find new support systems.
Face fears of death,
Assist family members who may be caretaking their elder relatives
Cope with depression, anxiety and loneliness
Resolve issues of grief and loss
Make decisions for medical issues
Medical Issues of Aging
One of the challenges of dealing with aging is distinguishing the normal challenges of growing older from signs of actual physical or mental illness. Many older adults live happy and healthy independent lives. Some changes in cognition are a normal part of the aging process. Many older adults experience mild decline in the areas of:
Visual and verbal memory
Immediate memory or the ability to name objects.
Mild hearing loss
Increased frailty of the body
Mild to moderate changes in appetite and energy level
Dr. Carmine Pecoraro Psy.D. and his associates can help older adults and their families cope with the various changes associated with the aging process. We can also assist in distinguishing changes due to emotional stressors or from serious health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s diseases.