Changes in Mental Capacity
As one ages the mind’s abilities begin to shift. It helps to know some of the predictable patterns that follow.
Also, one’s ability to shift between multiple areas of thought, like discussing one legal matter and then quickly shifting to another, becomes more difficult. One can still practice with competence in light of these changes, but it requires adaptations. Adaptations may include increased office support, delegating work load, cutting back or allowing oneself more time to handle specific tasks.
Of course, these changes can be quite difficult and can lead to negative outcomes in one’s practice and life. Problems like alcoholism, depression, grief, stress, and health problems can exacerbate the situation, leading to a more precipitous decline in mental functioning.
The first step in in addressing these concerns is to meet with your primary care doctor. The next step often involves an evaluation with a Geropsychologist. These tests of mental processing can indicate differential abilities, impairments in functioning, or serve as a useful baseline should decrements in functioning occur going forward. LAP providers are available to consult with you regarding these sensitive matters and can also provide you with referral resources.
For more information:
AARP has a Brain Health and Longevity section.
Life after retirement
Checklists for closing your practice
Approaches to exiting the practice
Call 206-727-8268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis call WSBA Connects at 800-765-0770. This hotline is staffed 24/7.
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