Blue and Beautiful

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“How are you feeling today?”

“A little blue.”

“What’s wrong? Cheer up!”

“Nevermind…”

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Most people who work in a healthcare settting have a fairly caring heart. Most of us don’t want to see anyone suffer, but invalidating someone’s feelings isn’t going to help much either. Nobody is expecting us to keep every single person on the unit happy and smiling at all times.

Just listen. Just be there. As much as possible, supportĀ theĀ individual’s desire to share and accept his/ her feelings in a safe and healthy manner.

After all, a little bit of blue can be beautiful.

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About C

If you consider volunteering at a luncheon for older adults as my first exposure to the field, I have been in geropsychology for at least twenty years. As family, friend, volunteer, trainee, and professional, I have found myself in adult day care centers, senior centers, senior living facilities, nursing homes, medical and psychiatric wards, hospice, and personal homes of older adults. Wherever I go, be it an orphanage, a museum, a prison, an airport, or a random corner in the neighborhood, issues related to aging and mental health often come to mind. I used to think that I could make a difference only if I became a top-notch researcher, educator, or clinician. As I continue to follow this meandering path, it dawns on me that as a nobody in the field, I can still add my light to the sum of light by sharing what I know. Over the years, I have "converted" a few very dedicated individuals to focus on aging-related work within their respective disciplines and encouraged a handful more to stay in this field despite its winding course. I believe by bringing aging and mental health issues to the foreground, we will amass a stronger force to promote advocacy, research, and quality care.
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One Response to Blue and Beautiful

  1. Chantell Ducayne says:

    Research indicates that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, well before adulthood. Three new studies investigate the cognitive, genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to mental health disorders in adolescence. The studies are published in Psychological Science and Clinical Psychological Science, journals of the Association for Psychological Science. .

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