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Mindful Moment with Mike: Feelings of Isolation for Older Generation

Posted at 8:53 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 08:55:16-04

This coronavirus pandemic is hard on everyone, but some might imagine it's worse for our senior population, and physically, it is.

2 Works for You's Mike Brooks spoke to an expert who says mentally some of the older generation might have an advantage.

Mike Brooks talked to an expert who says there are two major threats the public is facing right now; there's obviously a physical threat from COVID-19, but there's also a mental threat, and it can escalate quickly if not addressed.

And a lot of folks are concerned about the older generation.

But Eileen Bradshaw with LIFE Senior Services says that generation might be better prepared to handle this.

"I do think that generationally, a lot of our seniors have an ingrained sense of public duty and a sense of things larger than themselves. Public health as a concept rather than just individual health. So in some respects they may be better prepared than a lot of us for this isolation capacity," Bradshaw says. "Some of the seniors I've spoken with have mentioned this is different, but similar, to the polio epidemic. There were some of the same recommendations at that time. So they've actually undergone some social situations which have some parallels to what we're going through today."

But if you are older and you are worried, Bradshaw says Life Senior Services can help you with some tangible services.

For example, if you need to go to the grocery store or if you need to go pick up some prescriptions, they can connect you with someone who can help.

She also says to check out their Facebook page because they have some exercises you can do, they have some puzzles and games to alleviate all the stress that's going on, and they have some health advice for you as well.

So don't worry, LIFE Senior Services is there to help, 2 Works for You is certainly here to help you. We can get through this. Okay? You're not alone.

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