Sharon O'Brien


Sharon O'Brien, MA, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. The Guide to Senior Living since 2004, Sharon is also a freelance writer specializing in the issues faced by people going through life transitions--as so many older adults are.


Prior to becoming a therapist, Sharon O'Brien had a successful career in communications and writing. Along the way, Sharon discovered that her volunteer activities centered around helping people, so she went back to school and changed careers. Now she combines the best of both worlds as your Guide to Senior Living.


Sharon O'Brien received an undergraduate degree in Communications, and a Master of Arts in Psychology.

A Message from Sharon O'Brien

Coping with change is a big issue for people 50-plus. Physical, emotional, career and lifestyle changes create important decisions. Where should we focus our energy? Where do we want to live? How do we want to feel?

Managing change is easier when we share resources and information. As a psychotherapist and a member of this fast-growing age group, I bring professional and personal experience to make Senior Living an informative, entertaining and supportive resource for older adults of all ages.

LiveAbout and Dotdash

LiveAbout is a reference site focused on entertainment, activities, and hobbies. We know that time away from the stress of work and responsibilities at home is limited, and we want to help you make the most of those precious hours.

That’s why our coverage is a lovable jumble of urban legends, sports history, and esoteric trivia. Our articles discuss everything from fashion advice to UFO sightings, all so you can make the most of your time off.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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