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The Psychology of Aging podcast is your go-to resource for mental health and aging. Join clinical geropsychologist, Dr. Regina Koepp, each week as she shares expert insights surrounding mental health and aging, dementia, caregiving, and end of life. Each episode contains evidence-based information and resources to help you deepen your understanding of aging and take caring for older adults to a whole new level.

Psychology of Aging with Dr. Regina Koepp Dr. Regina Koepp

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    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

The Psychology of Aging podcast is your go-to resource for mental health and aging. Join clinical geropsychologist, Dr. Regina Koepp, each week as she shares expert insights surrounding mental health and aging, dementia, caregiving, and end of life. Each episode contains evidence-based information and resources to help you deepen your understanding of aging and take caring for older adults to a whole new level.

    Dementia Health Disparities Affecting African Americans

    Dementia Health Disparities Affecting African Americans

    #078- Dementia is one of the most important, but often overlooked, health care issues related to older African Americans.
     In fact, research shows that African Americans are two to three times more likely to develop a dementia disorder (compared to European Americans) and at the same time are less likely to be diagnosed early in the disease process and provided with adequate treatment.
     The burning question is "WHY?!!"
     Luckily there are experts, like Dr. Vonetta Dotson, Neuropsychologist, who can help us understand why this is happening and what we can do about it.
     In this week's interview, Dr. Dotson shares biological, genetic, and social factors that increase the risk for dementia. She also shares what you can do to ensure that your loved ones are getting the best, most equitable and comprehensive health care. AND, she shares tips for keeping your own brain healthy!
    Click here to visit the show notes page for all the resources mentioned in today's episode:

    Older Adult / Family? Download the Memory Loss & Mental Health Guide

    Professional? Grab the Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Adults
    Help others find this show by subscribing and leaving a review wherever you listen to the podcast, or here on i-tunes.


    Are you a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist who specializes with older adults? Join me in building the ONLY geriatric mental health provider directory in the nation. For a limited time, you can claim your profile here for FREE with the code: fullaccesspass (all lower case). Hurry! This offer is only valid for the first 100 profiles. 

    • 31 min
    Tips to Help You Age in Place with Alzheimers & Dementia

    Tips to Help You Age in Place with Alzheimers & Dementia

    #077-  There’s a common misconception that when somebody is diagnosed with dementia, they lose their independence and can no longer live alone. While down the road in the illness course of dementia, this may be true, there is A LOT that a person with dementia CAN DO to remain living independently and safely in their home.
    This episode is a must listen if you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with dementia and looking for what to do next.
    In today’s episode, I share 5 key strategies for helping adults living with dementia age in place for as long as possible

    Click here to visit the show notes page for all the resources mentioned in today's episode:

    Older Adult / Family? Download the Memory Loss & Mental Health Guide

    Professional? Grab the Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Adults
    Help others find this show by subscribing and leaving a review wherever you listen to the podcast, or here on i-tunes.


    Are you a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist who specializes with older adults? Join me in building the ONLY geriatric mental health provider directory in the nation. For a limited time, you can claim your profile here for FREE with the code: fullaccesspass (all lower case). Hurry! This offer is only valid for the first 100 profiles. 

    • 29 min
    Benefits of Early Detection of Alzheimers & Dementia

    Benefits of Early Detection of Alzheimers & Dementia

    #076 -  Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia can pave the road to better care. In this episode, you'll learn why early diagnosis of dementia is important and how early diagnosis of dementia helps older adults and their families.


    Click here to visit the show notes page for all the resources mentioned in today's episode:

    Older Adult / Family? Download the Memory Loss & Mental Health Guide

    Professional? Grab the Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Adults
    Help others find this show by subscribing and leaving a review wherever you listen to the podcast, or here on i-tunes.




    Are you a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist who specializes with older adults? Join me in building the ONLY geriatric mental health provider directory in the nation. For a limited time, you can claim your profile here for FREE with the code: fullaccesspass (all lower case). Hurry! This offer is only valid for the first 100 profiles. 

    • 19 min
    10 Must Know Dementia Warning Signs

    10 Must Know Dementia Warning Signs

    #075- Do you know the 10 dementia warning signs? Getting clear about these 10 Must Know Dementia and Memory Loss Warning Signs will help you get needed care for seniors. In this episode, you'll learn the difference between what is typical with aging and what symptoms may require further evaluation. 

    Click here to visit the show notes page for all the resources mentioned in today's episode:

    Older Adult / Family? Download the Memory Loss & Mental Health Guide

    Professional? Grab the Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Adults
    Help others find this show by subscribing and leaving a review wherever you listen to the podcast, or here on i-tunes.




    Are you a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist who specializes with older adults? Join me in building the ONLY geriatric mental health provider directory in the nation. For a limited time, you can claim your profile here for FREE with the code: fullaccesspass (all lower case). Hurry! This offer is only valid for the first 100 profiles. 

    • 21 min
    Attitudes About Sexuality & Aging with Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH

    Attitudes About Sexuality & Aging with Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH

    #074 - Our attitudes about sexuality & aging may influence an older adults' sexual health.
    In an effort to help mental health, senior care, and health care providers reflect on our own values and attitudes, I interview sexual health and aging expert, Dr. Maggie Syme.
    In this interview Dr. Maggie Syme and I discuss:
    What it means to be a sexual citizenAttitudes about sexuality and agingCurrent research on intimacy and agingBenefits of sexuality and intimacy in older adulthoodDementia and sexual expressionWhat sexual liberation looks like for older adults
    Maggie L. Syme, PhD, MPH is currently a Project Director at Hebrew SeniorLife Marcus Institute for Aging. Her research has focused on sexual health and wellness in later life, specifically on issues related to sexual consent and ageism. Prior to her current Project Director role, Dr. Syme was an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research at Kansas State University Center on Aging.


    Click here to visit the show notes page for all the resources mentioned in today's episode:

    Older Adult / Family? Download the Memory Loss & Mental Health Guide

    Professional? Grab the Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Adults
    Help others find this show by subscribing and leaving a review wherever you listen to the podcast, or here on i-tunes.


    Are you a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist who specializes with older adults? Join me in building the ONLY geriatric mental health provider directory in the nation. For a limited time, you can claim your profile here for FREE with the code: fullaccesspass (all lower case). Hurry! This offer is only valid for the first 100 profiles. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery for Seniors

    Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery for Seniors

    #073- The field of peer support has grown in many mental health and substance abuse treatment systems. Peer Support Specialists draw upon their own life experiences, like mental health and substance use concerns, distress, poverty, and oppression, on the one hand, and experiences of recovery and resilience, on the other.¹ 

    They use their lived experience to help build connections to others with similar shared experiences and treatment.
    The fact that peer specialists share many similar experiences with the clients they serve means that they are able to understand clients in a way that is real and empathetic enabling meaningful connections.¹
    Today, I interview Jim Klasen, Certified Older Adult Certified Peer Specialist, who shares his personal experiences with mental health and substance use recovery and ways in which he is using his lived experience to help others:
    Here's a peek into the episode with Jim Klasen:
    Jim shares about his own history of mental health and substance use concernsWhat recovery means to JimJim defines the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)Jim's process of becoming a Certified Older Adult Peer SpecialistHow Jim worked to repair relationships with his (adult) childrenRecommendations for older adults struggling with their own mental health concernsThe role of music in Jim's healing process.
    Click here to visit the show notes page for all the resources mentioned in today's episode:

    Older Adult / Family? Download the Memory Loss & Mental Health Guide

    Professional? Grab the Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Working with Older Adults
    Help others find this show by subscribing and leaving a review wherever you listen to the podcast, or here on i-tunes.


    Are you a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or neuropsychologist who specializes with older adults? Join me in building the ONLY geriatric mental health provider directory in the nation. For a limited time, you can claim your profile here for FREE with the code: fullaccesspass (all lower case). Hurry! This offer is only valid for the first 100 profiles. 

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Wanier ,

Brilliant

Great podcast addressing really important topics. Thank you for bringing these conversations to a broader audience. I learn something in every episode!

Sarah Brandle ,

Thank you!

Thank you Regina! Learning more about your story was so heart warming and inspiration for me! I often think of “flow” in life and your description of community being you, both to help and to sometimes receive help reminded me of that. It’s going to help me find more ways to serve. Sending love and thanks! What an amazing resource you are creating!🙏❤️💫

alleycat3198 ,

Thank you.

I am finishing up a bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in gerontology. I hope to start a master’s program in geropsychology soon after that. I am very happy to have found this podcast because there are not a ton of resources out there. I hope to be able to register on the Center for Mental Health and Aging some day.

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