We are introducing something new—an advice column inspired by your questions about problems, all kinds of problems: psychological problems, marital problems, siblings problems. You name it, and I will assist you in finding solutions to these problems or refer you to the right professional who can assist you.
I have worked as a psychotherapist, family counsellor, alcohol and drug abuse counsellor, and college-level psychology teacher (for almost 15 years). I am now retired. I will earnestly try to understand your situation, empathize with you in your dilemma; and then create a plan or a set of suggestions with which you can proceed. Of course, your name will not be published; I will use expressions such as “angry father” or “sad aunty” to identify the letter; not names, nor locations. Furthermore, I have signed a Confidentiality Agreement with Jewish Seniors Alliance; you will remain anonymous.
The statements and opinions stated in this column are not intended to replace the professional advice of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, notaries and accountants. They are intended as guidelines only; please consult your professional caregivers and consultants.
My hope is that you will learn a thing or two, and you will enjoy the process of following the questions and my answers.
Advice Column Archive
- January 23, 20200
Paradox of Old Age?Read more
I heard an expression the other day which puzzled me, “The Paradox of Old Age”.
Break the SilenceRead more
“Break The Silence: End the Stigma Of Bladder Leakage” and “Do I Need The Shingles Vaccine”
Tripping The Light FantasticRead more
Dear Hannah, Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? I am familiar...
“Sleepless in Vancouver” & “Anxious In Airports”Read more
Dear Hannah, The CBC had a report about the new sleep program called “The Cognitive Shuffle.” I presume it...
“How can we accept, love and interact with those affected by dementia?” and “Ready to See the World”Read more
This column begins with an excerpt from an essay written by Bev Cooper. The question which is evoked in...
“Beginning a New Chapter” and “Intrigued by Weight Training “Read more
The verdict is in! Exercise, any form of strenuous movement done safely, is beneficial physically AND MENTALLY. Positive gains in physical...
“Driver with Test Anxiety” and “Addicted to my iPhone”Read more
It would seem that technology has invaded our lives. The senior Jewish community in Vancouver offers seminars and classes...
“Love In The Time Of Dementia” and “Dysfunction Junction”Read more
The issues I am highlighting in this column today are talked about in whispers, if at all—romance, love and...
“Feeling Financially Squeezed” and “Downsizing”Read more
Calls are coming in, emails are flooding my mail box; “feeling financially squeezed” and “downsizing” are the major causes for...
Backed into a CornerRead more
Anxiety Disorders, their symptoms and their resolution.
Knowledge is PowerRead more
Explaining the differences between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Frustrated by immovable MomRead more
When a senior loses the desire to participate, what to do?
Driving with DaddyRead more
Aging senior drivers, information, testing and practicalities.
What’s the Price of Independence?Read more
Two cases of falling, their physical and psychological repercussions.
Shiver of DreadRead more
When dementia is the diagnosis, how to cope with your partner or friend’s situation.
Autumn RomanceRead more
Dating and companionship in your senior years, how to find it.
No Place to SitRead more
A case of hoarding and its impact on family members.
Independent WidowRead more
Preserving your financial integrity in intimate relationships.
Reality CheckRead more
Disappointment in family dynamics as seniors face old age.
Wonder WomanRead more
Facing physical limitations with increased efforts at staying strong and active.