Positive Aging Support for Elders

The aging process offers an opportunity to find meaning in a life fully lived. For some, the changes that accompany this time in their lives may lead to despair – despair that goes far beyond the usual grief and loss we experience in life. Nearly one in five older adults has a mental health problem that is more serious than what would be considered “normal” adjustment. Sadly, many do not get help even though with the right therapeutic services, they would be able to experience the pleasure of their lives once again. Counseling also can help seniors experiencing difficulties with spouses or adult children, housing transitions, coping with chronic illness, grief, and other challenging life changes.

Download our Positive Aging flyer for more information.

Here are some signs that you or someone you care about might have a mental health condition that can get better with treatment:

  • Sadness that does not go away over time
  • Fatigue or sleep difficulties
  • Lack of motivation and energy
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Worries and feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings that life is empty
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly or remembering things
  • Frequent worries about the past or future; persistent fears that something bad is going to happen
  • Unexplained aches or pains or other physical problems that have no apparent medical explanation
  • Angry outbursts, often getting upset about little things, or noticeable personality changes
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Becoming overwhelmed by clutter
  • Increased use of alcohol

Our Positive Aging Project is a mental health and wellness program, with multi-national therapists speaking nine different languages in addition to English, which offers:

  • Individual assessment and short-term counseling.
  • Counseling for families of seniors who would like to work on improving communication and enhancing support within the family.
  • Working together with seniors and their family members to help resolve family conflicts.
  • Groups in which seniors have a place to share their experiences and offer support to each other.

We provide our services in several different locations. Seniors seeking therapy may choose to come to our Gaithersburg office where we accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. For those who are unable to leave their homes, we will provide home visits or videoconference sessions. Your insurance may cover all or part of these services.

Our Positive Aging services are also available in the community, which enables us to provide support to seniors who otherwise might hesitate to seek it out. Aspire therapists currently work onsite at the Rockville Senior Center and The Oaks Olde Towne in Gaithersburg.

We welcome referrals from providers, family members, friends, and caring members of the community. Older adults may seek us at the Rockville Senior Center and The Oaks Olde Towne in Gaithersburg.

Insurance may cover all or part of these services. Aspire accepts Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance for those who have them. We are also grateful to our generous donors (insert names if you have them) and community partners who have provided the funds to offer these services to our clients who do not have insurance.