The transition into the role of caretaking for one’s parents can pose enormous challenges. Many long-forgotten feelings can resurface with this change—at the same time that we may be struggling to manage their affairs, stop them from driving recklessly, or figuring out if they need to be in long-term care.
In addition to five years of caring for her own aging parents, Dr. Coco’s professional experience with older adults includes doing her postdoctoral hours in geropsychology. She has worked with older adults on issues from coping with mild cognitive impairment to addressing severe behavioral issues and dementia.
This combination of training and life experience make her an informed guide and resource for adult children caring for their parents.
Dr. Coco can also, under Medicare, treat the older adults themselves, many of whom may be suffering from depression or anxiety after leaving their home, or who are struggling to cope with multiple losses.