The term “young seniors” represents a new concept for individuals who are 55 and over, living vigorous and healthy lives but dealing with serious pressures and conflicts. Young seniors are the beneficiaries of our increased knowledge of good medical preventive health practices, exercise and nutrition; however, they sometimes face complex medical decisions worsened by conflicting information about their personal healthcare and our complicated and fragmented medical care system.
Young seniors are frequently pulled between two polarities: children and grandchildren needing assistance, while simultaneously caring for aging parents. Young seniors are also dealing with the challenges of the economy. This can result in delayed retirement or 2nd career decisions, made more difficult by competition from younger individuals and market instability. Working with young seniors requires a comfort with the biological/psychological/social model of psychiatry which I can offer to my patients.