If you or a senior you know needs help during this time, please do not hesitate to call the SCV Senior Center at (661) 259-9444. You can also visit their website by clicking here. They remain dedicated to doing everything they can to help while following the latest guidelines from the CDC and LA County Officials.
Hosts: Dr. Gene Dorio & Barbara Cochran
Topic: Mental Health Awareness for Seniors
Join Barbara Cochran and Dr. Gene Dorio every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to Noon on your Hometown Station KHTS 98.1 FM & AM 1220 for The Senior Hour, your home for Senior Care and Lifestyle.
Mental Health Awareness for Seniors — May 20, 2020
On this episode of The Senior Hour with Dr. Gene Dorio and Barbara Cochran, Barbara and Dr. Dorio call in to the studio to do their show remotely while the Safer At Home orders remain in place.
Our first guest on the show is Kevin MacDonald, CEO of the SCV Senior Center, and he comes in to the show to talk about the services the SCV Senior Center is continuing to provide for seniors all over the Santa Clarita Valley. Kevin shares how hard his staff and volunteers have been working to make sure seniors are taken care of in the valley. Everything from drive-thru pick-up for meals, contactless delivery, telephone wellness checks, to you name it, the Senior Center is providing it for the seniors in the valley. The Senior Center is still working hard each and every day to keep as many of their resources open as possible that keeps the seniors as safe as they can be. To find out what the Senior Center can do for you or a loved one, check out their website by clicking here. You can browse everything they have to offer during these challenging times and during normal operations, or find a link to donate if you would like to help support what they do there. Listen to Kevin’s interview during the first half of the podcast.
Our next guest on the show is Myles McNamara, Owner & Operator of Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Services in Santa Clarita. Myles talks about how important it is to pay attention to seniors’ mental health as much as we are paying attention to their physical health. Myles talks about how Mental Health Awareness does not only apply to young people, and how seniors have been more isolated than ever over the last two months. With all senior-care facilities closed to outside visitors, seniors haven’t been able to connect with the various people that are in their lives, and this can lead to them experiencing mental health issues. Barbara shares some ways she has been keeping herself entertained, and how it may be difficult but she encourages listeners to not give up. Listen to Myles’ interview during the second half of the podcast.
About The Senior Hour:
Barbara Cochran has been a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley for over 40 years and has spent much of that time volunteering with and creating a variety of organizations. The 1983 SCV Woman of the Year brings senior news to you every week on your Hometown Station.
Dr. Gene Dorio, M.D. has practiced Internal Medicine in the SCV since 1988. A member of the medical staff at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, he is very active in local senior affairs.
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