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Taking A Toll: Elderly Mental Health

Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

For the final show in our three-part series about the mental health impacts of the past year, called Taking A Toll, we talk about older adults. With many facing technological barriers and cognitive issues, elderly people are struggling with isolation and depression. We discuss solutions and resources to help. 

Air date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 


Resources and Advice from Our Guests

The phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. 

The phone number for NAMI NH is 1-800-242-6264. 

The American Psychological Association has COVID-19 information and resources

The CDC has guidelines for coping with stress

New Hampshire has peer support agencies

Speaking of Suicide has a list of resources.

Get some exercise. 

Try to stay positive. 

Talk to someone about how you're feeling. 

Call 211 for assistance. 

Call REAP's referral line: 603-957-5913. 

Try to keep a daily routine. 

Try to maintain social contact in a safe way: FaceTime, Zoom, email, write letters, etc. 

Keep a normal sleep cycle. 

Every day do something that makes you happy. 

Listen to music. 

Practice your spirituality or faith. 

This show was produced by Jane Vaughan. 

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