The article “How Therapy Can Help in the Golden Years” in today’s New York Times discusses how the elderly can benefit from talk therapy. There is less stigma today than in earlier generations where people were sometimes institutionalized for mental health issues. In my practice I have noticed many older couples exploring roadblocks in their marriages for the first time. They have spent years getting by with day-to-day challenges and never having time to focus on deeper concerns. Now they often want more than just staying together. They don’t want to sweep their issues under the rug. They want a meaningful relationship that can sustain them through tough times ahead. They want and need help with building communication skills, exploring intimacy, and setting new goals into the future. This is a welcomed development.
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