Finding their resilience: Senior citizens adjust to life under quarantine



South Florida’s oldest have persevered through hurricanes, droughts, recessions, wars and the deaths of their loved ones.

Now they must survive COVID-19. Already in delicate health, they are using the skills they honed through long lives of fortune and adversity to endure one more hardship. Psychologists and social workers say their level of suffering will depend on their ability to handle life’s challenges.

If they were lonely before coronavirus forced them into quarantine, many may now feel even more isolated. And if they were social, upbeat and ready to take on life’s trials, they are finding ways to adjust.

Joyce Silbert, who lives in Century Village in West Boca, says the power of prayer gives her confidence as she stays isolated.

Help for Seniors

Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 866-779-6121. See if you’re eligible for state programs.

Helpline Palm Beach and Treasure Coast, 866-684-5885. Assistance for mental health and other crises.

211, Broward’s Senior Touchline, 954-390-0485. Daily reassurance calls and resources for crisis intervention.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach, 561-852-3333. Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County, 954-370-2140. Counseling, meal delivery, social activities, support groups.

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