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Adults and the Elderly on Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Diseases make it difficult for many elderly individuals to enjoy their golden years

Living with a chronic disease can be difficult for anyone, especially seniors. Diseases such as COPD, heart disease, or cancer can make it difficult for many elderly individuals to enjoy their golden years. Some may even have to move in with family members, seek in-home care, or go to an assisted living facility because they can no longer live alone. Millions of seniors struggle to manage their symptoms while living with a chronic disease, but with the right amount of help and support from trained professionals, they are able to cope with their illness such as heart disease or thyroidism, and begin to enjoy their lives once again.

Chronic disease Management with the use of clinical psychology can help take care of the mental state of seniors when they are faced with a debilitating disease. While there may not be a cure for chronic illnesses such as renal disease, or emphysema, it can be comforting to have a mental health expert on hand to assist with the psychological side of these illnesses. While it may not take away the aches and pains associated with many of these diseases, having the opportunity to speak with a professional involved in mental health can set the mind at ease and help keep an individual in good spirits during a time when they need it most.

Many elderly individuals deal with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, especially after they are diagnosed with serious CNS disorders. It can be a confusing, stressful, and even frightening time for them to endure. However, when these patients have access to psychological services, they have the chance to speak with someone confidentially about their concerns and fears. Sometimes, having someone there to simply listen to your problems can be the best form of medicine there is.

Dr. Vanessa Villacian Pages is a psychologist that offers mental health services to the residents of the Miami area. She provides all types of treatment methods for couples, families, adults, children, and the elderly. She has more than 18 years of experience in the field and can assist with stress management and cognitive behavioral therapy. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a licensed Miami therapist who offers high-quality services at affordable rates. If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic illness and could benefit from the services provided by a professional clinical psychologist, be sure to make an appointment with Dr. Pages today.


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