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Pandemic loneliness: Older adults coping in self-isolation

Almost a year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, many continue to struggle with the devastating effects of a health crisis still out of control.

Older adults have faced added challenges of loneliness and even depression as they are strongly recommended to keep self-isolating for their own health and safety by numerous agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.

There are many programs in Gloucester and Mathews counties and beyond that have been designed to help older adults experiencing loneliness and depression while they remain in self-isolation.

One service that both counties can access is Meals on Wheels. According to Kathy Vesley, President and CEO of Bay Aging, Meals on Wheels programs help to prevent loneliness in both clients and volunteers.

Meals on Wheels volunteers interact with their clients by delivering meals, visiting clients “on the porch” and checking in with...

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