Older adults appear increasingly willing to seek psychological help, even at advanced ages. Therapy no longer carries the same stigma it once did, even among the so-called Greatest Generation, and therapists now discount the idea that people in their 70s and 80s can’t change their thinking.
“Usually, they’ve tried other resources like their church, or talked to family,” said Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, a professor in the psychiatry department at Stanford and Stanford Center on Longevity faculty affiliate. “They’re realizing that they’re living longer, and if you’ve got another 10 or 15 years, why be miserable if there’s something that can help you?”
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