A Psychiatrist's Guide to Successful Retirement and Aging: Coping with Change

A Psychiatrist's Guide to Successful Retirement and Aging: Coping with Change

by H Michael Zal


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As the baby boomer generation becomes senior citizens and starts to flood into the last stage of life, a new definition and new expectations of retirement and aging are evolving. This is not your father’s way of being an older adult. People today tend not to retire in a traditional way. They envision getting older as a challenge to stay active and engaged, a chance to reinvent themselves, and an opportunity to reach for new goals. However, for some, this stage of life can be difficult, bringing with it a whole range of new challenges and obstacles. Along the way, many may deal with mental health problems such as stress and anxiety, grief and depression, drug and alcohol abuse, changes in marital and other relationships, as well as elder abuse. Are you ready? How will you fill your new free time? How will you cope with the psychological changes? Let this book, on coping with the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual issues of retirement and aging from a psychiatrist’s perspective, light the way.

This book will help readers deal with common issues across a broad spectrum. It offers treatment options, suggests coping skills, and even deals with spiritual and emotional challenges at the end of life. It will help you invest in relationships, redefine your marriage, and broaden your horizons. It will allow you to take charge of your life in retirement and not just let it happen to you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442251236
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2016
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

H Michael Zal, DO, is a psychiatrist, retired from private practice after forty-three years. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of 'steopathic Medicine. He is board certified, a Fellow of American College of Neurology and Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a lecturer, medical writer and editor on mental health topics with numerous published articles to his credit. He was the winner of the Eric W. Martin Memorial Award, presented by the American Medical Writers Association, for outstanding writing and the Frances Larson Memorial Award for excellence. Dr. Zal is also the author of Panic Disorder: The Great Pretender, The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Growing Children and Aging Parents, and Ten Steps To Relieve Anxiety, Refocus, Relax and Enjoy Life. He is Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of the Pennsylvania 'steopathic Medical Association. He was Chairman of the Psychiatric Service at Metropolitan Hospital in Philadelphia and a member of the University Of Pennsylvania Private Practice Research Group. He was also on the staff of Charter-Fairmount Institute, Mercy Suburban Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zal received the Albert Einstein Healthcare Foundation Physicians’ Award for Excellence and the Practitioner of the Year Award, from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, for outstanding character, dedication, and commitment to patient care.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note
Introduction: Psychological Aspects of Retirement and Aging

Part I: Getting Ready: Awareness
Chapter 1 –Emotions
Chapter 2 – Negative Behaviors
Chapter 3 -Relationships
Chapter 4 – Physical changes

Part II: Common Mental Health Problems As We Age
Chapter 5 – Stress and Anxiety
Chapter 6 – Depression and Grief
Chapter 7 – Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Chapter 8 –Marital and Sexual Issues Later in Life
Chapter 9 – Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Chapter 10- Elder Abuse

Part III: Mental Health in the Final Phase of Life
Chapter 11 –Psychological Caregiver Challenges
Chapter 12 – Emotional Decisions at the End of Life

Part 1V: Psychiatric Treatment Options
Chapter 13 – Can A Psychiatrist Help?
Chapter 14– Therapy
Chapter 15 – Medication

Part V: Coping Skills
Chapter 16 – Stay Active
Chapter 17 – Maintain a Positive Attitude
Chapter 18 – Have a Goal and Stay Engaged
Chapter 19 –Religious Affiliation
Chapter 20- Laughter is the Best Medicine
Conclusion – The Meaning of Life - Aging Wisdom
About the Author

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