WAYNE – The weekly Chamber Percs social distancing event was hosted this past Friday morning by Wayne Area Economic Development.
Joining executive director of WAED, Luke Virgil were CEO of Providence Medical Center Jim Frank and Sasha Nelson, project manager with Senior Life Solutions. The event was held on the Wayne, NE Facebook page.
During the Community Health Needs Assessment the past few years, behavioral health concerns were the top priority of Providence Medical Center. Over the last several months starting last summer, PMC came across Senior Life Solutions.
Nelson said Senior Life Solutions is an emotional well-being support group for seniors who do suffer from depression and anxiety that are often related to aging.
“As our seniors grow older, they have challenges and major life events,” said Nelson. “Such as entering retirement, their physical abilities aren’t what they used to be, they may be going into a new home environment and they also are losing loved ones and their friends.”
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 the community.
Senior Life Solutions, which is typically for those 65 and older, provide group, individual and family therapy.
Nelson, who is also a registered nurse, added it can be very difficult and sometimes painful for seniors.
“So, that’s why it’s really important for us to talk to our seniors about their mental health and their well-being,” Nelson added. “Because often times depression and anxiety are unnoticed or overlooked because the person experiencing those symptoms thinks that’s just part of their normal aging.”
In a recent study done by Mental Health America, approximately 58% of people 65 years or older believe it’s normal to be depressed as they get older.
Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, the patient themselves or another healthcare professional. Call Providence Medical Center at 402-375-3800 and ask for Senior Life Solutions or call 402-375-7958 for more information.
Frank mentioned the hospital is still functioning.
“I just want everybody to know that throughout this COVID-19 crisis we have been preparing to be ready if and when we get an influx of patients,” Frank mentioned. “People still break their leg, they have strokes, they have heart attacks, they need care, so we’re there. The way we go about it may be a little bit different right now, but we’re there if you guys need us.”
As Earth Day approaches next week, Sandy Brown with the Wayne Green Team will join Chamber Percs this Friday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. on the Wayne, NE Facebook page.