Being LGBTQ+ in the Aging Population

Being LGBTQ+ in the Aging Population Sarah had a fascinating, yet most likely common, story. The day I met her I had no idea that we would sit for hours talking about her life and experiences. I was just helping a neighbor whose aunt was visiting. Sarah was that aunt and she wanted to share […]

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How the Elderly are Being Scammed 

How the Elderly are Being Scammed  We’re all familiar with the world of scammers and hackers. There are so many methods used to try to steal from others that it can be difficult to keep up with warnings for our aging family members. It is important for younger generations to make sure that protective knowledge […]

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Engagement Combats Loneliness

Engagement Combats Loneliness Loneliness increases as we age due to living alone, losing friends and family, and dealing with physical and mental changes which may lead to chronic illness. Loneliness often leads to depression and increased anxiety which may then deteriorate the desire to participate in life. Research shows that the health risks from loneliness […]

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Building a Trusting Relationship with Clients

Building a Trusting Relationship with Clients By Holly J. Bean, PhD, LCPC, CTRS   A Thoughtful Engagement Specialist ® shares this story of building a relationship with an initially reluctant client: Our journey began a little rocky, as the client is fiercely independent and has difficulty accepting anyone new in her life. However, she allowed […]

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Grit, Resilience, and COVID 19

Grit, Resilience, and COVID 19 By Holly J. Bean, PhD, LCPC, CRC, CTRS   The pandemic has provided many opportunities for growth, particularly in rethinking living alone.  Thankfully, I live in a community and we do take care of each other, but after losing my dog and my cat this past summer, I find that […]

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Meaningful Activities

Meaningful Activities By Holly J. Bean, Ph.D., LCPC, CRC, CTRS   In blog 5 we discussed behaviors that our loved ones may display; noted as disturbing behaviors.  Disturbing behaviors include wandering, yelling out, rocking back and forth, agitation, aggressiveness, passivity, among others.  Research has demonstrated that all behavior is communication.  It is our job to […]

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