“You can get past the dead end. You can break through the ceiling. I did and so have countless others.”

Clinical Pearl Wednesday #57

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This is not necessarily a “pearl”, but more of some clinical/human advice.

Reach out to your elderly patients over these holidays. The elderly have been impacted socially by this pandemic more than anyone else.

Loneliness, anxiety, and depression rates are very high in those older than 65 due to the shut downs and quarantines.

Suicide rates are increasing as well, and I fear this might worsen as the pandemic worsens.

So, this holiday season, take some extra time to reach out to the elderly patients in your practice. I am personally calling all of the patients over the age of 60 in my men’s health clinic and wishing them a happy holiday season and ensuring that they are okay.

Also, don’t forget about your elderly family. I was on the phone for an hour with my grandparents last night who have been socially isolated since March. It made them very happy to chat and check in.

One phone call could really brighten the day of those in quarantine, and might just save a life.


8 Responses

  1. Very timely wisdom. We also know that “isolation and lonliness” are strongly associated with depression, anxiety, and even with the exacerbation of Alzheimer’s disease. The centenarian cultures around the world, i.e. Sardinia, Osaka, Nosaria, etc. all have a family-orientd, friend-driven, multi-generational culture of frequent get togethers and personal connection. Ikaria, the Greek island of longevity, is a shining example of how it should be done.

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