Although some older adults eagerly anticipate retirement or new phases in life, many others worry about the physical and psychological impact of aging. Sudden changes in roles, such as retirement, death of loved ones, isolation from family, or sudden medical conditions can result in mood changes, loss of enjoyment and other depressive symptoms. Older adults may also find it challenging to attend to basic needs of their loved ones in the presence of dementia.
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) can help clients understand their interpersonal picture in which the depressive symptoms began and how these symptoms relate to the current social and personal context. With a focus on what is happening in the client’s life now, rather than past issues, it helps to improve functioning, particularly in current relationships.