I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in working with older adults and the people who love and care for them.
My goal is to help you navigate, manage, heal, or move through a challenge, answer any questions , and take a journey – whether you are an older adult or someone who is a caregiver for one.
After 25 years of practicing psychology in my own private practice, as well as in hospitals and medical systems, with people aged 5 to 95, I decided to dedicate my work entirely to serving individuals aged 65 and older as well as to their caregivers. I am grateful to be able to serve this amazing and deserving population with a specific focus on all issues related to aging – whether that is how to thrive in these years, or how to survive the specific challenges that can emerge in this stage of life.
Here’s why I made this career change. I’m the only child of parents that I love very much and a few years ago I found my life interrupted in a very unexpected way. In October of 2018, my mother underwent a medical procedure that revealed she had Stage IV cancer. I traveled to be with her after her extensive surgery. Future plans to spend time with my mom became plans to help her navigate the final stage of her life.
I accompanied my mom as she transitioned from the hospital, to physical rehabilitation, and very quickly to a dedicated hospice facility. My mom never returned to her home after that first medical procedure. She passed away on December 31, 2018, a mere 75 days after her diagnosis. It was the help, support and love of my village that got me through these challenging and difficult days.
Here’s what I learned from being a caregiver and decision maker in the last months of my mother’s life: