With many offices closed or at reduced capacity over the past year, more and more counselors are offering telehealth services. Online mental health care providers have a variety of benefits for patients, but it’s understandable that some older adults are apprehensive to try it. However, if a loved one is experiencing depression or anxiety and isn’t able to get help outside the home, it’s worth it to give telehealth therapy a try before those feelings become worse.
According to the Center for Disease Control, up to five percent of seniors living at home are depressed, and that doubles for those living in an assisted living facility. Washington University geriatric psychiatrist Eric Lenze, MD, claimed that in older patients, depression can “cause problems with memory and attention, and greatly increase the disability that accompanies medical problems.”
Those are excellent reasons to convince someone you care about to get the help they need— no matter how they get it.
Besides the health advantages that any type of counseling can provide, here are some good reasons to seek online therapy.
If you’re ready to get started with an online counselor but overwhelmed by all the choices in telehealth therapy, check out our guide for the Best Online Mental Health Tools for Seniors.