Psychiatric News (4/8) reports that “navigating the critical need for social distancing and the enduring human need for social contact” may be “especially trying” for seniors, who are “at heightened risk of serious complications from COVID-19, yet also susceptible to the adverse effects of loneliness and social isolation.” Mental health professionals and psychiatrists “can assist seniors during this time by drawing on their strengths of experience and resilience as well as resources available in the community.” Yeates Conwell, M.D., director of the University of Rochester Medical Center Office for Aging Research and Health Services, provides a list of “recommendations for health professionals working with older patients,” including advising seniors to be creative in their use of technology to maintain regular contact with others. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)
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