While the lives of youth are greatly altered by the pandemic, we are much safer from it than many other demographic groups. So today we’re shifting gears to talk about one of the most vulnerable groups: the elderly.
In this episode, we hear from Rebecca Parker, executive director of the Anchorage Senior Activity Center. ATMI senior producer Quinn White spoke with her about how the facility has found ways to work with their clientele remotely, how isolation is affecting seniors’ mental health, and how we can all safely help our loved ones.
They spoke over Zoom on January 22nd, 2021.
Hosted by Rowan Pickard.
Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.
Alaska Teen Media Institute is based in Anchorage, Alaska. We would like to acknowledge the Dena’ina people, whose land we work on.
Many thanks to supporters of our podcast including John O’Hara, James McCoy, and the Alaska Press Club. The views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of our sponsors.
RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DURING QUARANTINE
From the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention!
- How to get your home ready
- What to do if you are sick
- Cleaning and disinfecting recommendations
- How to cope with stress
- Frequently Asked Questions
Other wellness resources!
- What foster kids need to know during COVID-19
- Careline: Alaska Suicide Prevention and someone to talk to line.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 or text LOVEIS to 22522
- Call 2-1-1 or Help Me Grow Alaska 1-833-464-2527 for help connecting to resources and services or for help knowing where to start
These resources provided in collaboration with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health.