The geriatric population is increasing every year which may indicate a rising need for retirement and mental health counseling. It is essential for individuals aging out of the workforce to prepare for a life after work and know how to create a new identity. Counselors need to be aware of the different scales and assessments that are available to help determine one’s attitude towards retirement and willingness to seek counseling to prepare for retirement. Additionally, it is important to be aware that although there are counseling services available for mental health disorders and substance use disorders, these services are limited for individuals aged fifty-five and older. Lastly, there are mental health considerations as they age, and counselors need to be able to recognize these issues and be prepared to provide counseling.

Date of Award

Spring 3-8-2023

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Counselor Education - Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Anquinetta V. Calhoun, Ph.D.


Winona, Minnesota



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