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Sarah Hiller-Bersson, LCSW

Created to address the misperceptions of aging, the Center for Purposeful Aging was established to change how people perceive the later stages of life, Elderhood.  By adjusting how society and therefore the individual comprehends Elderhood, we will be able to develop a path towards a higher purpose in life and aging.  

How are you coping with the challenges of aging or issues related to depression, decline, loss, transition, anxiety, or major life changes?  I’m a licensed psychotherapist in New York, New Jersey and Florida with18 years of experience working with the over- 60 population.  I have developed a  wide range of psychological services, interventions and strategies and can support you on your journey toward adjusting to Elderhood, healing and self-discovery.

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-Don't leave this earth with your music still inside of you~Dr. Wayne Dyer

-Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!  ~Ingrid Bergman

-Only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you~Oprah Winfrey

-Aging is the extraordinary process where you become the person you were meant to be.~David Bowie

-The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.~Frank Lloyd Wright

-Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up on enthusiasm wrinkles the soul~Samuel Ullman

I believe the second half of one’s life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.~Frances Lear

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Purposeful Aging

With the demographic shift in aging and improvements in healthcare, society should consider an alternative approach to Elderhood.  This phase in one’s lifetime, with some forethought, can result in a meaningful, fulfilling quality of life and a positive psychological well-being.  It is time that we start to have a discussion on helping individuals find more meaning in their lives as they age and not limiting our focus to the concrete issues of room, board, health and care.  Just as we tend to the betterment and maintenance of our health, so too we should nourish our soul, so that one's quality of life and perceptions of self bring fulfillment and satisfaction.

Lets begin a conversation about what it means for people to live a purposeful life as we age and enter Elderhood.

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Serving the Older Adult and the Health Care Community for over 18 years, raising up others, helping them help themselves with a more positive perspective.  With experience offering supportive psychotherapy to those in the stage of Elderhood, envisioning a brighter outlook and opening up the potential of life and how ones sees their circumstances.

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In therapy, we’ll work to increase positive thinking and behavior. By identifying the issues, ideas and dysfunctional choices that are causing the negative thoughts, emotions, reactions and habits and then utilizing interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, re-organizing cognitive beliefs, mindfulness and meditation to resolve the emotion and behavior. We will work towards “re-framing”  situations and your responses as well as provide you with valuable  strategies and tools to cope with life’s obstacles.  This service can be covered under medicare benefits.


Group Therapy to facilitate the validation and normalization of an individuals emotions, identifying and optimizing  behavior and emotionally overcoming obsticles to allow for an improved state of mind and functioning. This service can be covered under medicare benefits.

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The weekly tele-therapy support group will focus on coping with self-isolattions in the time of Covid - 19.  The forum will be limited 7-10 people and will be run via zoom.  Group Therapy will facilitate the validation and normalization of an individuals emotions, identifying and optimizing  behavior and emotionally overcoming obsticles to allow for an improved state of mind and functioning.  Themes such as depression, lonliness, isolation, finding purpose, boredom, decline and anxiety will be incorporated into the discussion, utlizing some interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Modification Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation and Positive Pscyhology.

The group fees will be covered under Medicare - non managed care coverage and a secondary insurance.


Inter-active 6 part series will cover the themes of Purposeful Aging, Elderhood, Living with Passion, Positive Psychology, Attitude of Gratitude and Mindfulness & Meditation

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Serving New Jersey and Florida


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Thriving Despite Corona

A webinar on how to best navigate the corona pandemic was offered at the end of April. Highlights included resilience, purposeful days,  being a role model during the pandemic  and applying our skills, talents and wisdom to this challenging situation and isolation. To view the webinar in full, please request a copy through our email listed above.

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