Mental Health Blog

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

What Are the Stages of Aging?

Aging is a long and complicated process, and an aging person’s needs can change at any time. In some cases, seniors are relatively stable in their physical and cognitive health for years. Other times, though, they may go through a rapid decline in health. It’s

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Why Socialization Is Important for Seniors

Socialization can play a major role in your well-being as you age. Everyone needs meaningful relationships and regular social contact with others to maintain their mental health, but social support is especially critical for older adults. It might not be quite as easy for seniors

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7 Common Triggers of Anxiety in Seniors

Anxiety can happen at any age, but seniors may be especially vulnerable to the mental health condition. The aging process brings about a variety of stressful changes, and it can be difficult to adapt to a new lifestyle. According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation,

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7 Ways to Improve Mental Health in Seniors

Aging brings about a number of life transitions. While some of these changes are exciting and meaningful, others are challenging. Seniors may face emotional or social difficulties that they haven’t experienced before, like loneliness, medical problems, or the loss of a spouse. Protecting your mental

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Senior Isolation: What You Should Know

Isolation is one of the most common and harmful problems affecting older adults. Seniors are more likely to live alone and less likely to have fulfilling social connections than younger adults, and research shows that loneliness has severe effects on physical and mental health.  

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Coping With Caregiver Stress and Burnout

Caring for an ill or elderly loved one is an admirable, compassionate gesture. You care deeply about the person and want to make sure they’re safe, happy, and taken care of while in need. Sometimes, your role as a caregiver is incredibly rewarding. You and

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Attachment Styles and Well-Being in Seniors

Social circles and relationships tend to change with age. As we get older, we may face the loss of friends or family members more frequently, but we also have opportunities to form new friendships. It may not be as easy as it once was to

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The Negative Effects of Social Isolation on the Elderly

Social isolation is one of the most serious problems affecting older adults in the United States. An alarming percentage of the senior population feels lonely, and the effects of isolation and loneliness are harmful for all aspects of your health. If you or an aging

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Does PTSD Get Worse as You Get Older?

Mental health doesn’t always remain constant across the lifespan. Some of the challenges you faced as a younger adult may fade away with age, but you may experience new hardships as you get older.   One of the more common mental health disorders among seniors

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