Adult & Geropsychology

Aging Is Not A Choice, But Aging Well Is.

We take a lifespan developmental approach to our work with children, adolescents, families and adults. That doesn’t mean adults need to involve other family members in their treatments, of course. But when treating adults, it is important to examine the impact of all interactions on the adult’s functioning, including the stresses and benefits of job, family, friendships, spirituality or religion, and hobbies. Our programs emphasize short-term, outcome -oriented treatment designed to improve, remediate and restore functioning.

Research regarding Behavioral Medicine indicates that many major health problems, including heart conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and other problems are responsive to behavioral as well as medical intervention, In fact, it has been estimated that as much as 60-70% of visits to medical offices are for behavioral health concerns rather than medical issues.

Treatable conditions include:

• Habit disorders, such as smoking cessation, insomnia and Trichotillomania
• Stress-related disorders
• Coping with medical illness and recovery
• Medical compliance, as with diabetes, dialysis and cancer-related treatments
• Work-related behavior problems, such as anger and task completion
• Trauma recovery
• Depression
• Lifetime Separation Anxiety
• Panic attacks
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Lifestyle changes to live like a healthy Centenarian

It is not necessary to stop other treatments before using behavioral health care. Behavioral Care Providers (BCPs) frequently consult to pediatricians, internists, cardiologists, primary care providers (PCPs) and other physicians, therapists and health care providers about how to help their patients improve treatment compliance and to recover and mange their health.

We are also able to assist physicians and staff with evaluation and management of patients with:

• Dementia
• Sleep disorders
• Adult ADHD
• Anxiety
• Panic Disorder
• Major Depressive Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder and many other conditions.

Is That Guy Nuts, or What?

Aging Gracefully and Living To Be 100

Most seniors don’t fear aging, but what people often fear most is “losing” their mind. The good news is, you can’t lose your mind any more than you can have a “nervous breakdown.” Nerves don’t break and minds don’t get lost: But they do change in functioning over time, sometime quite significantly. And people do become very anxious when they perceive that they can’t remember things, their bodies don’t react as quickly as it used to react or they become tired so very easily.

Aging has it’s own set of rules, none of which are known to adults who have never aged before. While adults can give advice based on experiences in the past, to whom do adults turn when they confront the new experience of “getting old?”

Older adults, of course. These older adults, who live to be 100 years or older, are called Centenarians or sometimes “superagers.” Adults who have lived not only a long, long life, but who are still healthy and functioning, have many lessons to provide about how adults and even younger seniors can age well and gracefully by adopting lifestyle changes that have been shown to improve the quality of one’s aging experience.

Living well to be 100 is an area of specialty at Vista Health Services. Contact our office for a consultation.

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