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Seniors’ Mental Health

Today, 2021, we continue to experience a Covid-linked mental health pandemic, including seniors’ mental health. 

“Aging: A Return To Self” is my forthcoming new book due for release this 2021. My contribution and dedication to seniors’ mental health care.

Hopefully, the book will reach a number of seniors globally as they “learn to grow old” even amid the pandemic.

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The last several months have been particularly difficult for the seniors. 
Not just because of the external physical health threat of the Coronavirus.

But … even more so of the widespread psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects of the crisis.

Never has there been a better time to lift those seniors who have fallen to greater despair.

Never has there been a better time for seniors to be reminded of the important goal of finishing well.

Coronavirus is one avalanche of loss. We are left with life in a most reduced condition. 

One 79-year-old senior talks about his process, explaining “Old age for me has been the recognition of what was left when all that I was was taken away from me.”

Writer James Hillman describes one aspect of this process:  “When illusions are worked through, what remains is often smaller than what was hoped, because becoming oneself means being reduced to just what one is – that stone of common clay.”

During this period of the pandemic, the seniors may also be more anxious or in wonder over whether they can still enjoy life in their remaining years.
That’s not the whole truth though. 

The psalmist in Psalm 30 sang a song of personal thanksgiving. And he still praised God amid his cries during a time of great distress.

Even on earth, evening cries will be followed by joys in the morning. 

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

“I want to continue serving God in some way even in  my weakness and during this pandemic,” a retired medical doctor in her 80s tells me.

Mental health for seniors is not merely psychological then. Not just physical health or creature comfort, social and family support.

It is foremost a development of deep spirituality beyond the horizons. That alone that can bring ultimate transcendence in the dailyness of the life of the elderly.


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