Most people envision senior citizens as those retiring somewhere sunny and warm, enjoying time with friends, and being independent throughout their golden years. Unfortunately for those of us who have had to place a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community they found the sad reality is that many seniors need assistance and are isolated in their homes because of their age-related conditions. Moving is stressful for people of all ages…Change for seniors is especially difficult because they lose the independence they have enjoyed and relied upon their entire lives.
That is why A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services has decided to extend their in-home therapy program to all assisted living communities in New Jersey. We are offering mental health evaluations and continued therapy for all the residents and family members. This is at a no-cost to assisted living communities or seniors and we bill insurance directly.
Mental health conditions tend to be under diagnosed in older adults. If we find your loved one is suffering from a mental health issue we can offer them well experienced therapists to assist them in enjoying their new home and make their senior years more golden.
Reminiscence Therapy (RT) involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences with another person or group of people, usually with the aid of tangible prompts such as photographs, household and other familiar items from the past, music and archive sound recordings. Reminiscence groups typically involve group meetings in which participants are encouraged to talk about past events at least once a week. Life review typically involves individual sessions, in which the person is guided chronologically through life experiences, encouraged to evaluate them, and may produce a life story book. Family care-givers are increasingly involved in reminiscence therapy. Reminiscence therapy is one of the most popular psychosocial interventions in dementia care, and is highly rated by staff and participants. There is some evidence to suggest it is effective in improving mood in older people without dementia. Its effects on mood, cognition and well-being in dementia are less well understood.