From the Desk of Kathy O’Grady, LCCW
Hello Niles Seniors….
Thoughts from the Social Work desk at Niles Senior Services….
2020 will no doubt be a year that has changed many of our behaviors and will be known as a year that required a shift in our daily lives.
This was a year in which a virus came upon us that we had very limited and conflicting information about. This in turn led the population to be frightened to such an extent it was recommended that we stay home and isolate from family, friends and limit activities we so enjoy.
Furthermore, this will be known as a year that shed a light on the care of elders. Our nightly news stations were sharing stories of not only loss of life but also the extreme remoteness that elders were experiencing. This was especially seen on the limits of visitation that were placed on families when a loved one had medical issues or for seniors who were living in residential settings
As we are moving into fall and getting closer to the end of the year, this year’s pandemic can be used as a form of reflection versus the usual end of year’s goal to make “resolutions”.
Due to the loss of so many lives, is it a goal of yours to reach out to family and friends more often by phone, letter or email?
Is it a time of to put your own medical and financial affairs in order so that loves ones are not left wondering what they should do if you become incapacitated?
Is this a time to become more educated on the issues affecting our country and to become more tuned in to how the world is changing? Overall, is it a time to ask for help from services that are available in your own community?
What I appreciate most about Niles that other communities do not necessarily have is the amount of services and professionals that are willing and able to offer you support on issues that center on loss, change or planning for the future.
For the remainder of 2020, I encourage all the seniors in the community to reach out to our staff for questions or concerns that are affecting you. The goal of the Senior Service Team at Niles Family Services is to make 2021 a better year for you in any way we can.
We look forward to our continued work within our community and we hope for a healthier 2021.
Kathy O’Grady, LCSW
Senior Social Services
In addition to counseling and case management services, our Senior Social Work Department offers the following support groups (there is no cost to attend groups but registration is required, please call 847-588-8460):In addition to counseling and case management services, our Senior Social Work Department offers the following support groups (there is no cost to attend groups but registration is required, please call 847-588-8460):
This monthly group offers support to family and friends caring for loved ones. The group is a source of emotional help and practical guidance that provides an opportunity to relieve stress and interact with other caregivers.
A support group that is available for senior parents coping with the demands of caring for medically, emotionally or financially dependent adult children.