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Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Senior Tips: How to Handle Life Transitions

Most seniors go through at least one or two major life transitions in their later years. Some transitions are welcomed and celebrated, and others can be more challenging. Major life changes may happen unexpectedly, or you might have anticipated them for years. No matter the

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Does Anxiety Get Worse With Age?

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health disorder. People of all ages and backgrounds experience anxious thoughts, and those affected by the disorder sometimes wonder if they’ll always struggle with anxiety. No one wants to face this challenge into their senior years, so this is

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Destigmatizing Mental Health Issues in Seniors

Mental health conditions aren’t as easy to understand as physical ailments. Because they typically don’t have an observable effect on the body, some people struggle to accept mental illnesses as real illnesses. Even when we do recognize them as serious and important problems, speaking about

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Self-Esteem in Seniors: Activities to Boost Confidence

Low self-esteem can be a troubling problem for people of all ages. When you don’t feel confident in yourself, you might avoid meeting new people or trying new activities, and you can develop some unpleasant negative thinking habits. This can be especially challenging in your

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Adjustment Disorder: Signs & Symptoms

Whenever we experience a significant change in life, we go through an adjustment period while we settle into our new normal. Almost everyone feels uncomfortable with change and needs some time to adjust before they feel peaceful and happy again. However, some people experience severe

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The Psychological Impact of Chronic Illness

Managing a chronic illness is an incredibly difficult experience at any age. Although some people may be predisposed to certain medical conditions due to genetics or lifestyle factors, you can never predict what your future looks like in regards to your physical health. Not only

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How to Protect Yourself from Abuse as an Elder

Many people don’t realize how common elder abuse is, but it’s a frightening problem for older adults. Seniors can be vulnerable to physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse, and they can victims of neglect. Elder abuse and neglect have serious impacts on your physical and

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10 Fun Things to Do With Your Grandchildren

Spending quality time with your grandchildren is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of being a senior. Finding fun activities can sometimes be challenging, though. Your grandchildren might have a hard time coming up with ideas, especially if they’re young, but trying new

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Therapist Tips: Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a common experience in many career paths, and the mental health field is no exception. As a therapist, you might sometimes find yourself wondering if you have the experience, skills, or qualifications to be in the profession. You may feel like you’re

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Elderly Suicide: Risks, Warning Signs & Resources

Suicide is a tragic problem across all age groups. In the United States, suicide rates have been on the rise for several decades, and the issue disproportionately affects older adults. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, seniors account for 12 percent

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