Maximilian E. Fuentes Fuhrmann, Ph.D., ABPP (Geropsychology)

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I also provide assistance and referrals to adult children who are struggling to care for their elderly parents and relatives. I hold adjunct faculty/clinical associate appointments, respectively, in the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychology both at USC.

In 2006, I co-authored, with Jeff Shevlowitz, Sagacity: What I Learned from My Elderly Psychotherapy Clients. In 2014, I co-authored, with Brynn Craffey, Lessons Learned on the Path to Filial Maturity, concerning adult children struggling to care for their parents, particularly when the parents identify as gay, lesbian, or transgender. My latest book, in progress, describes how elders are coping in resilient and powerful ways with the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to turn my podcast Age Well with Dr. Max, available on YouTube, to a broader mainstream television audience.

I became a psychologist after growing up in a geriatric family who witnessed first-hand the benefit of mental health interventions and empowerment of the elders. Some of the most rewarding experiences in my career, so far, have been hearing stories, over the last 30+ years, of how wise elders can overcome extreme adversity with resilience, persistence, and adaptation. I also enjoy educating my young students about their unconscious and insidious ageism against seniors, which may impact their work with psychotherapy clients throughout the lifespan.

I expect to work throughout the rest of life and was inspired a few years ago by the late LACPA member, Hedda Bolgar who saw clients into her tenth decade of life. I believe in our profession that our wisdom and experience continue to grow and provide us with an ongoing source of purpose and identity. The latter qualities are so important to have in one’s life as we enter our later years.

I joined LACPA when I started a secondary office in Beverly Hills over 10 years ago to network and learn from other members.

In my attempting to have balance in my life, I am also a certified spinning/cycling instructor. Prior to the pandemic, I used to teach indoor cycling classes with music to enhance cardiovascular functioning, mood and stamina in those aged 50+! I also took a three month sabbatical in the summers of 2017 and 2018 to drive long distance remote back packers in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and take photographs of the area through my company SherpaMax. My photos can be found on display at local art shows and fairs.