ACA Blog

  • GET UP AND GO

    • Helen Hudson
    Nov 20, 2013
    Had a great laugh this morning when I asked my 90 year-old pal how his ‘get up and go’ was. “Oh, it’s great,” he enthused. “In fact, every time I get up I have to go, if you know what I mean,” he confided. I do. Frankly, if peeing were an event in the Olympics, seniors would have a jump start on the competition. Aging is an obstacle course with unforeseen twists and turns that require persistence and humor just to navigate.
    Read More
  • So Simple It’s difficult – Three Simple Strategies for Successful Aging

    • Lee Kehoe
    Nov 20, 2013
    “What about this medication? Should I try this one out?” “There has to be something out there that can make all this easier.” “Why can’t things just be simple these days.” These are just a few of the many lines I hear when working with older adults who are dealing with the multiple stressors and daily challenges that aging brings. Considering the overwhelming transitions, declines in functioning, and comorbid medical conditions; the weight of such stress understandably can lead to the development of symptoms of depression and anxiety.
    Read More
  • Death, dying, and working with grief with older adults and their families

    • Lee Kehoe
    Sep 27, 2013
    As counselors, we encounter challenges not only on a daily basis, but often from moment to moment as we work with our clients on issues that disrupt the client’s entire life – sometimes even shake their sense of self. While each symptom or issue is weighed differently within the lives of clients, the issue of death and dying seems to weigh heavily universally with those dealing with death or dying.
    Read More
  • Counseling Families and Caregivers of Older Adults

    • Lee Kehoe
    Aug 28, 2013
    Over the summer, I had the opportunity of co-facilitating a program for older adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias and their caregivers. In addition, I have been facilitating a support group for just caregivers, and over the course of the summer have learned a great deal about the challenges caregivers of older adults face in regards to mental health and wellness. Furthermore, as my caseload grows as a mental health counselor working with older adults, I have had a growing number of experiences engaging with families and caregivers.
    Read More
  • BEYOND THE BEND

    • Helen Hudson
    Aug 05, 2013
    I visited a hospital twice this week: first to see the newborn son of my handyman and then to sing to my ninety year-old, dear friend as he drew his last breaths. Odd as it may seem to the reader, both were joyous events. The first because I glimpsed the future in the face of that baby boy as his teary mother cradled him close. The second because I reflected on all of the lives touched and forever changed by my friend of 35 years.
    Read More
  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS: The Man Most Likely

    • Helen Hudson
    Jun 24, 2013
    I have just scrapped the blog that I was going to post tonight. It seems superfluous compared to the picture of the face that I am looking at right now: a handsome, suntanned father of two girls that I know well; a devoted husband of a good friend of mine. He is 55. His blue eyes just sparkle under that big smile of his. I am reading his obituary.
    Read More
  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS: Wanted: Older, White Males

    • Helen Hudson
    May 20, 2013
    Ever wonder what the profile of the person ‘least likely’ to seek out counseling is? Look at your client list. You will find that it is noticeably lacking in this population: the older, white male. Now get this: 73% of suicides are committed by, yeah, “older, white males.” Do they need us? You bet. Will they come to us? Probably not, even though their suicide rate is higher than older, black males and women put together.
    Read More
  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS: ‘COCOON’ COUNSELORS

    • Helen Hudson
    May 13, 2013
    In the 80’s, there was much ado about the baby boomers latest trend: cocooning. It was heralded that theirs would soon be a generation of stay-at homes, who wore sweat clothes and flip-flops instead of tuxedos and stilettos. No longer would they be out on the town, but instead at home watching movies on their VCR’s. And that is exactly what happened, but not just because the VCR had been invented, but frankly, because they were getting tired.
    Read More
  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS: CHOICE IS CHANGE

    • Helen Hudson
    May 06, 2013
    You don’t have to read War And Peace to know that Tolstoy sure had a handle on people. “Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself,” he said. In fact, I’ll bet he’d have made one heck of a counselor. He certainly had the patience. Scholars say that he endured a 48 year marriage known as, ‘one of the unhappiest in literary history.’ Interestingly, he would die of pneumonia at a train station the very night he was finally making his escape, both from the marriage and his aristocratic lifestyle.
    Read More
  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS: Call A Spade A Spade

    • Helen Hudson
    Apr 29, 2013
    Interesting ride in the elevator this morning. As the doors closed, I went to push the UP button, but the four year-old next to me beat me to it, hitting the DOWN one instead. We headed down. “DADDY!” she shrieked, “Why aren’t we going UP???” “Because you pushed the DOWN button,” he said with a grimace of embarrassment.
    Read More

Join/Reinstate Your ACA and Division Memberships Today

  • Maximize your Professional Development
  • Learn more about your specialty—join a division
  • Stay ahead of the educational learning curve
  • Advocate for the counseling care of tomorrow
  • Expand your networking connections

Learn More

Join Now!
HPSO