Tri-County Mental Health Services offering behavioral health services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties of Missouri.

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Tri-County Mental Health Services Older Adult Educator Becky Franklin spoke with Paul Clevenger at Westbrook Care Center during a recent Coping with Change Group. The group is a monthly opportunity for residents to discuss issues related to aging. Franklin leads several such gatherings throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties.

Kearney Older Adults Get “Radical” About Change

Residents of the Westbrook Care Center in Kearney recently discussed “radical acceptance” and other ways to cope with one of the toughest challenges everyone faces: getting older.

Part of the monthly Coping with Change group at the center, the discussion was led by Tri-County Mental Health Services Older Adult Educator Becky Franklin. One participant noted she already uses some of the strategies.

“I try to find joy in the things I can still do and focus on that instead of the things I no longer can do," one woman said.

Franklin said the idea fits well with a popular therapeutic topic, “Radical Acceptance.”

“Radical acceptance emphasizes that we free ourselves to use our energy on coping strategies instead of trying to change something that is out of our control,” Franklin explained.

The Westbrook group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month and features a casual environment and refreshments. Franklin also leads similar groups and addresses others throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties. For more information, contact Tri-County (816) 468-0400 or Franklin can be reached at (816) 678-3036 or

24-Hour Emergency Crisis Line 1-888-279-8188 (TTY or Voice: 1-800-380-3323)

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