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Senior Life Solutions

Aging brings many joys – more time with family and freedom in retirement – but our older years can also bring difficult life transitions including the loss of loved ones and stresses of age-related health concerns.

Senior Life Solutions

Ray County Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive outpatient group counseling program, is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging.

If you or someone you know has experienced any of the following, this program might be right for you.

• Recently experienced a traumatic event
• Lost a spouse or close family member
• Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
• Changes in appetite
• Difficulty sleeping
• Loss of energy
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
• Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

Following an individual assessment, participants meet three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, a registered nurse, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.

Family members, physicians, or other health professionals can refer individuals to the program.

Ray County Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions Program Provides Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues

The winter season is upon us, which for many means holiday celebrations filled with family, friends. This builds anticipation for those good times; however, for others this time of year can be a reminder of lost loved ones, lack of access to family traditions, or other changes that may bring about stress and anxiety. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season, and people who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness. A recent survey showed that 64% of people with a diagnosed mental illness report that the holidays make their symptoms worse.

Ray County Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging. They focus on helping seniors in the community navigate difficult life transitions and regain their quality of life not just during the holiday season, but year-round.

Below is a list of suggestions that may help counteract the holiday blues:
• Get enough sleep or rest
• Spend time with supportive people
• Don’t drink alcohol if you are feeling down
• Take walks
• Don’t isolate yourself
• Forget perfection
• It’s okay to say no
• Stay within budget
• Set reasonable expectations
• Do something you enjoy
• Enjoy all the wonderful food, but don’t binge
• Invite someone who lives alone to dinner
• Volunteer
• Celebrate a loved one’s life by sharing positive memories
• Forgive yourself, we all make mistakes

For some, the holidays can bring on temporary depression, and for others it may be chronic. If you, or someone you know is struggling with depression or a difficult life transition, contact our Hospital Senior Life Solutions program at 816-470-7360

For more information about Senior Life Solutions, call Lacey Sullenger RN at 816-470-7361.

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