My name is Alixandra Foisy and I have a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. For three years prior to completing my graduate degree, I worked on the Health and Retirement Study at the Institute for Social Research. Eventually, I completed my degree with a specialization in aging and began working in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice. I received my clinical licensure and later trained to become a yoga teacher. Many of my clients had poor posture and chronic back pain and balance issues among other things.
My goal with Agefully is to use counseling and yoga to assist individuals in the aging process so that they can avoid illness and chronic pain or at least have better tools to deal with it. I intend to help individuals who care for older adults so that they can make clear decisions based on their values and those of their aging loved one. Through mental health counseling, I hope to help others come to terms with what it means to grow older and how growing older can be done with more grace and vitality.
So, what draws a person to work with older adults? For me it might have been my interest in death and dying, my grandfather was an undertaker and he and my dad would talk about it as such a normal part of life. Perhaps I was drawn to the fact that working with older adults was going to be such a need in the near future and I like the idea of being of service.
After working with people who had some years under their belt, I found them to be terribly interesting. Some of them were the sweetest, kindest most giving individuals and some of them were persnickety curmudgeons with a basement full of axes to grind. Either way, and all along the spectrum, they were wise, funny- even when they weren’t trying, and so totally honest.
Living past a certain age gives you a lot of material to work with. It shows stamina, persistence, or sheer stubbornness. There are stories to tell, most of them with real punch and gems of knowledge throughout. It’s been amazing to be a recipient of the knowledge culled from many lives lived.
After ten years of working with older adults, I started to see patterns that could be improved, needs that were not being met, information and resources going untapped. I saw that most people were relying on their physician and the health care system to fix their health problems. They didn’t see how simple changes in fitness, nutrition, and self-care could make a real impact. This is where I would like to be of service now and hope to work with you or someone you know.
Contact me to find out more about the services Agefully can provide and if they would be a good fit for you.