VTDigger is excited to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of Vermonters.
This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.
Below is the fifth installment of the series from the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) focusing on addressing the mental health of older Vermonters through their ElderCare program.
ElderCare: critical for mental health of older Vermonters
Social distancing is an expectation we have employed to ensure the community’s health during the global pandemic. However, effects from social distancing can slip into another, more severe level with unhealthy, physical/mental health consequences.
“Isolated for far too long” – and that’s not new
Social isolation is a nearly or fully complete lack of contact between an individual and society. Social isolation has been linked to poor physical health, such as heart disease and high-blood pressure, as well as mental health concerns like loneliness, depression, and suicidal thoughts. As far back as September 2020, healthcare providers and agencies anticipated that the combination of prolonged social distancing and upcoming wintertime rigors might erode and exacerbate mental health issues for Vermonters. Read more…
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