Take time to discuss life plans

Other Side of 50

Before COVID-19, many of us over the age of 60 never regarded ourselves as “older adults” or as someone with an underlying medical condition. However, it didn’t take long for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county public health officers to place new classifications on us once the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States. I have many […]

Peace in God produces good mental health in troubled times

Roots of Faith

In discussing healing, we often overlook that God also cares about our mental health. During this pandemic, calls to suicide hotlines are up. Our emotional life may be taking a beating. We’re terrified that we or a loved one will be infected; that our business will collapse; that our finances will run out; or that we may never feel safe […]

Highs and lows amid the virus crisis

Other Side of 50

Lately a lot of people have been asking me how I’m doing. They know I work with seniors. I’ve been answering that question by simply saying we’re very busy. I’d like to elaborate, but the truth is, I’m having a hard time processing all I am feeling. There are a lot of challenging, and some heartbreaking, situations that have come […]

In control during difficult times

Other Side of 50

For most of us, our daily lives have been disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting shelter-in-place order. Work, social and family life has been upended in ways we may never have imagined. Life may feel unsettled as an air of uncertainty hangs over us. It’s natural to feel out of control given the significance of these life […]

Tips for protecting seniors at risk for coronavirus

Other Side of 50

The importance of social distancing as a tool to limit disease transmission is clear, especially for older adults. The mortality rate for those over 80 diagnosed with coronavirus can run as high as 15%. Throughout the region, adult day programs and residential care facilities are being asked to update their plans for protecting their participants or residents from interaction with […]

Virus affecting air travel now and in the future

I never thought I’d write a column where the term “travel” might not be defined as some kind of long-distance experience but rather the act of simply leaving your house. Yes, I’m writing about the impact of the coronavirus story on how we travel. Because of the fast-developing nature of this story, it would be almost impossible to provide specific […]

Older adults most at risk for coronavirus

Other Side of 50

One of the first references to “getting old ain’t for sissies” was published in 1968. Fast-forward 52 years and whoever made the statement had no idea how true it would become. In a world where we’re experiencing exponential growth in the number of people who are over 80, little is being said about the impact viruses and infections have on […]

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