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Mindful Moment with Mike: Feelings of Isolation

Posted at 8:03 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:52:33-04

With so many people working from home, feelings of isolation can easily set in.

And this can cause big problems, especially for older Americans.

2 works for you's Mike Brooks went to the experts to find out if help is available for our older population.

The CDC says older people are at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19 like pneumonia which can be deadly.

But there's also isolation, which can cause high anxiety as older people are separated from family and friends.

Fortunately, here in Green Country there is a group helping seniors through all of this. 2 Works for You's Mike Brooks spoke with Eileen Bradshaw, she is the President of Life Senior Services, about what they can do.

Bradshaw says, "It's really easy in isolation, as we're all practicing right now, the hours and days go by, and suddenly you realize you haven't talked to one of your friends in 10 days. So it's important to be deliberate about interacting socially. Life Senior Services still has out senior line up and running. So if you find yourself in acute need, you can call our number which is 918-664-9000. It's being managed and you can say what your issues are. We can connect you with support that way and our Behavioral Support Specialists are still working and taking phone appointments. So there's this stereotypical "I'm going stir crazy or bored", that's one thing. But, if you really are finding that your anxiety is turning into depression or isolation, then give us a call, and let one of our Behavioral Specialists walk you through that."

They are there to help you.

On the reverse side of all of this, Bradshaw also talked about why this older generation may be better prepared when it comes to coronavirus than others.

We'll talk about that tomorrow, in a Mindful Moment with Mike.

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