Adjusting to Later Life Therapy Essex

As we get older, it’s natural for our lives to change in many ways. While this is part and parcel of ageing, it doesn’t make adjusting to these new challenges any easier. In fact, it’s entirely reasonable to feel low, anxious or stressed about what lies ahead.

Therapy For You provide a range of free mental health therapies so you can approach your transition into later life with positivity and confidence. Through our emotional support you will learn techniques to improve your overall mood, and progress toward a future where you can enjoy everything growing older has to offer.

Get in touch today to discuss how we can help you feel better.

1-1 Therapy

Speak about what’s troubling you face-to-face with a qualified, supportive therapist – in the comfort and security of a private, confidential setting. Here you can openly discuss your feelings, experiences and symptoms, working one-on-one with your therapist to identify beneficial techniques and skills tailored to your specific circumstances.

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Group Therapy

Explore your emotions and develop lifelong techniques, surrounded by people who share the same challenges as you. Our safe, confidential group therapy sessions are led by qualified mental health professionals that get you talking about your thoughts and feelings with peers who understand your situation. Together, take significant steps to feeling better.

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Video Therapy

If you cannot attend regular therapy in person, we can bring a qualified therapist to you through our dedicated video calls. Speaking with your therapist on camera at a time and place that suits you, you can openly discuss any issues that are causing you distress or making you feel uncomfortable. You’ll learn new techniques to help you overcome your problems and start you on your path to feeling better.

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Phone Therapy

If you have a busy family life, mobility issues or other barriers to getting out and about, we can make sure you still have access to the support you need through phone therapy. We arrange calls between you and a qualified therapist throughout the day, meaning you can always access mental health guidance and support at a time and place that’s convenient for you.

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ieso Typed Therapy

Mental health support that’s there when you need it. When you can’t find a voice to express how you feel, typed therapy by ieso enables you to text your fully qualified therapist at any place and time. Based on proven CBT techniques, you can discuss your concerns in a safe, private and relaxed way, maintaining a record of conversations you can always revisit to support your recovery.

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Who can access adjusting to later life support in Essex?

Therapy For You’s free mental health services are accessible in our North East and South East Essex catchment areas. If you are registered with a GP in the Colchester, Tendring, Southend, Castle Point and Rochford regions, we are ready to help you.

North East Essex mental health services map of areas covered including Colchester, Harwich, Mersea and Clacton

Mental health services in North East Essex

Here are the areas and postcodes covered by our mental health services, available for anyone aged 16 or over.

  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Colchester
  • Frinton-on-Sea
  • Harwich
  • Manningtree
  • Tendring
  • Walton-on-the-Naze
  • West Mersea

What challenges can I face adjusting to later life?

As we grow older, our lives change in significant ways. Whether you’re settling into retirement, or dealing with physical health problems that come with the ageing process, substantial life transitions can become a source of worry, stress, or apprehension.

While these feelings are very common, affecting as many as 1 in 5 older people living in the UK, these struggles shouldn’t be considered a normal part of the ageing process, but rather a sign that your mental health is not as resilient as it could be.

What is mental health?

If the term mental health is new to you, it simply refers to how you think, feel, and react to situations. It’s something we all have throughout our lives, and is important to look after, just like your physical health.

When we nurture it well, we become more resilient, able to handle the stresses and strains of everyday life, enjoying a more positive, uplifting outlook.

But when your mental wellbeing is poor, you may find it difficult to cope day to day, especially when faced with big life changes.

What can affect my mental wellbeing in later life?

While getting older is something many look forward to, the significant changes that accompany later stages of life can affect the mental health of even the most well-prepared individuals.

Entering retirement

Many people enjoy what they do, the social bonds they form at work, and the purpose their job gives them. This makes the prospect of retirement daunting for some, especially if they are forced to stop working early.

But even if you have grand plans for what you will do in retirement, or you don’t like your current job, stepping down from a life of work is a big change for anyone, and may leave you feeling lonely, isolated and anxious.

Losing a loved one

Losing a loved one is never easy. In these difficult times, grief can affect our mental health in unique and significant ways, bringing overwhelming feelings of sadness, guilt or hopelessness to the surface.

You might also find that a loss or bereavement is affecting you physically, causing headaches, muscle pains, and restlessness. Over time, these can become a drain on your emotional wellbeing, and leave you feeling low and exhausted.

Living with ongoing health conditions

It’s a well-known fact that as we get older, our bodies tend to become more delicate. This not only leaves us with aches and pains that can erode our emotional wellbeing – they can also become a barrier to our favourite physical activities.

Being forced to change how you live due to an ongoing health issue, especially if it was a sudden transition, can be difficult to process. If your quality of life has suffered in this way, it’s common to experience feelings of depression and anxiety.

Caring for others

Whether it’s a friend, family member or partner, taking the time and energy to care for someone else can be a rewarding yet challenging responsibility.

If you find yourself in this role and are having difficulties managing your daily duties, you may notice that this has become a source of stress and worry in your life.

Being diagnosed with dementia

Sadly, dementia tends to affect individuals 65 and older – a likelihood that only increases with age.

If you have been diagnosed with this condition or are living with its consequences, you might find that your mental health is suffering, as you struggle to concentrate, withdraw from social situations, and strain to find motivation.

Infographic by Therapy For You: Of the 11 million people aged 65 and over in the UK...

On their own, these significant life transitions can be difficult to manage. But when one or more compound at once, your mental wellbeing can suffer. Explore our full range of free treatments for mental health, and face these feelings together with a helpful therapist.

What causes issues when adjusting to later life?

There are a number of reasons why adjusting to later life can take a toll on your mental health. Although we have covered some of the most common scenarios, fundamentally, there are five key factors that impact the mental wellbeing of older adults:

  • Discrimination
  • Participation in meaningful activities
  • Relationships
  • Physical health
  • Financial security

Through our range of free treatment pathways, such as telephone therapy and face-to-face therapy in Essex, we can help you embrace ageing and the trials associated with it, so you can enjoy all that later life has to offer.

Is my mental wellbeing suffering in later life?

There is no ‘right’ way to feel when adjusting to the changes and challenges of getting older. This can make it difficult to know when to seek help about how you feel.

While this isn’t an all-encompassing list, here are some of the most common indicators that your mental wellbeing may benefit from later life therapy and support.

  • You constantly feel overwhelmed
  • You struggle to escape feelings of dread
  • You are always tense or nervous
  • You find yourself gripped by a sense of panic
  • Your confidence or self-esteem has taken a knock
  • Your mood fluctuates regularly
  • You find yourself avoiding social situations where possible
  • You have a lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • You struggle to see the light in life or have thought about self-harm/suicide

Difficulties adapting to later life do more than affect how you think and feel. Because physical and mental health are so closely linked, you may also experience physiological changes, such as:

  • A racing heart, even when resting
  • Frequent bouts of nausea or vomiting
  • Tingles or numbness across your body
  • Greater difficulty remembering things
  • A change in your appetite – comfort eating or skipping meals altogether

These symptoms can add to the challenge of an already demanding and overwhelming period in your life, severely restricting what you feel able to do and intensifying your anxiety about ageing.

If you’re living with one or more of these symptoms, and it’s affecting how you live, it may be time to get in touch with people who can help.

How can I overcome my mental health struggles in later life?

Some think that depression, stress, nerves and similar mental health problems are just a normal part of getting older. This isn’t true, and you don’t have to live with these unpleasant feelings forever.

If you’re keen to address your emotional challenges and make meaningful strides with your mental health, finding a therapist and talking through your experiences is a good first step towards feeling better.

Is therapy right for me?

If you have reservations about therapy, it’s crucial to recognise that this method of treatment can be a powerful path to feeling better.

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How can adjusting to later life therapy help me?

Seeking therapy and treatment when you are finding it tough to transition into later life can support healthy ageing.

Improve your resilience to future challenges

By attending talking therapy, you can develop practical coping strategies for life that you can use to manage big transitions now and in the future, allowing you to feel positive and confident about what’s ahead.

Address feelings of isolation and loneliness

Talking to a therapist, whether in-person or over the phone, can be an effective way to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness that are all too common in older adults, so you stay social and supported in your senior years.

Improve your physical health

Tackling mental health issues not only improves how you feel emotionally, it also encourages habits that help you stay healthy, reducing the presence of unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, heart and digestive problems.

Keep your mind fit and healthy

Regularly talking with a therapist and practising mental health exercises can also be an effective way of exercising your mind in your later years, keeping your brain fit and memory sharp.

At Therapy For You, we can provide tailored mental health support to help you feel better. From ieso mental health treatment, and telephone therapy, to face-to-face sessions and group support, discover the treatment pathway that best suits your preferences.

How long does therapy for getting older typically last?

The time it takes to complete your treatment will depend on your needs, your goals and the pathway to treatment you choose.

While some may experience positive, tangible improvements after just a few therapy sessions, it may take you months to notice an improvement in how you feel.

To give you a clear idea of how long your course may take and the most suitable treatment option for you, our experienced practitioners at Therapy For You are available to discuss your specific circumstances over the phone or online.

Can I access therapy if I find it hard to travel?

We understand that for some older adults, travelling to therapy sessions in person may be difficult or completely out of the question. If this applies to you, we ensure that anyone can access therapy remotely in a variety of ways:

What can I expect in a typical therapy session for getting older and adjusting to later life?

Every person’s experience in therapy will be different, as your therapist will tailor their approach around your specific feelings, goals and circumstances.

But initially, you can expect an open, confidential discussion with a qualified therapist, who will look to quickly establish a friendly relationship with you. From here, they will listen to you, ask questions, provide guidance, and teach you lifelong techniques based on your struggles with ageing and later-life changes.

What other ways can I improve my wellbeing in later life?

Despite over-65s making up just 7% of total NHS referrals, talking therapy has shown to be highly effective in older adults, delivering better results than other age groups. However, other treatment options are available.

For some, medicine such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants may offer the support they need for their emotional challenges.

Self-help tips for adjusting to later life

For others, self-help may offer a route to feeling better and reducing the presence of stress, anxiety and depression in your day-to-day life. To start making positive strides about later life, consider:

  • Talking to people you trust about how you feel
  • Getting plenty of rest everyday
  • Staying connected with friends and family
  • Keeping physically and mentally active where possible
  • Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
  • Exploring new hobbies in your spare time

Do you need help adjusting to later life?

While many of us look forward to ageing gracefully, big changes in later life – even the ones we’re expecting – can be incredibly overwhelming and difficult to manage. While some think these low feelings are a part of growing old, you don’t have to put up with these unhelpful emotions forever.

At Therapy For You, we are your NHS Talking Therapies provider for North East and South East Essex. Through our free, easy-to-access treatment pathways, we can help you adjust to later life and teach you powerful techniques to improve your outlook on the future.

For more information on the types of elderly care and support we can provide, get in touch with one of our qualified therapists today.

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