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At 79, will you hang your hat or wear it?

“Just because we get older and can’t do the things we used to do doesn’t mean we can’t do the things we can,” quipped Ina Mae Denham, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.)

She continues to wear her hat. A Christian, Ina Mae, age 79, has worked as a therapist for 35 years, receiving clients of all faiths. She has worked in the Denver area for the past 20 years and has had an office at 55 Madison Street, Suite 600, since 1997, serving individuals, couples, families and groups.

Ina Mae walks three times a week and tries to be careful with her diet. She eats very little red meat and has an intake of about 1300-1800 calories a day. She doesn’t take regular prescription drugs, drinks a lot of water and takes supplements and vitamins.

She received her Bachelors and Masters from the University of Denver in social work and assists older people in recognizing the signs of aging and depression, which may include physical problems as well.

She spoke of a Jewish client recently whom she helped to focus on the scripture that states “sufficient of the day is the day’s own troubles.” She said, “When people begin to experience negative thinking, they should think of things that inhibit that negative thinking. Things they’re grateful for, or people they’ve helped or things they’re going to do.”

How long will she continue? “At least another two years, but we’ll see after that.”

Ms. Denham is also a member of Redeemers, a 55 and up group, which meets at Orchard Road Christian Center.

For consultation, Ms. Denham may be reached at 303-377-1279.

Be sure and wear your hat and don't get caught up in Chico and Harpo Marx gag.

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