“Older women are the largest demographic in the world. If we can go back and redefine ourselves and become whole, this will create a cultural shift in the world, and it will give an example to younger generations so that they can reconceive their own lifespan.” — Jane Fonda
Doris Bersing believes that every individual can continue to lead a purposeful and meaningful life as they age. As a geriatric clinical psychologist, she has long mentored older individuals, helping them to be the best they can be by showing them their options, choices and resources.
Like many older individuals, you are living in an American society that obsessively worships youth and relegates its elders to second-class status. You may see yourself living in retirement for 20, 30, or even 40 years on the edges of society, without an audience interested in your experiences, knowledge or wisdom. You may be battling dependency issues and feel that it devalues your worth.
It doesn't have to be that way
Doris Bersing believes that the aging phase is a prime time to reinvent ourselves, to use the still-formidable energy of our mature years with compassion and wisdom. There is, after all, a difference between growing old and growing into an elder. To become an elder takes work and a willingness to struggle continuously for awareness.
This struggle for awareness demands a relentless engagement with life and its constantly emerging challenges. Doris can work with you to maintain or reclaim that engagement. Doris believes in nurturing an environment that encourages older women to pass the baton to the next generation. She strives to build a bridge to new generations of feminists, those who still have a long fight ahead.