Seniors today grew up learning to work hard, be independent and not complain. In fact, many grew up thinking mental and emotional problems were a sign of weakness. Seniors feeling isolated or lonely may choose to deal with these feelings rather than “complain” about them. However, loneliness can lead to depression which can be very serious if not treated properly. Now, add in isolation requirements due to coronavirus, and we see the number increase immensely. Many seniors are staying safe and healthy by staying home, but are now at an even higher risk of depression and loneliness.
Karen Rodgers with Mountainland Association of Governments (Utah) teaches us about Emotional Health & Well-being in Older Adults and local programs available to the senior community. MAG is an excellent resource for seniors and caregivers who need assistance with everyday living, transition plans, and community connections.
Karen discusses the challenges seniors face with isolation and how illnesses and depression have escalated during the pandemic because of increased isolation requirements.
Watch the video below to learn more about how local resources have adapted to Covid-19 and how these programs can help seniors feel more connected and supported.