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Help For Those Struggling with Aging & Emotions

Depression and loneliness are not normal feelings as you age. Entering into your senior years doesn’t mean having to deal with fatigue, despair or anxiety.

A new outpatient counseling center – called Inspirations – is helping adults manage these feelings and improve their outlook. Inspirations offers group counseling for senior adults battling issues such as depression, anxiety, or loneliness.

“Meeting the unique challenges of aging requires courage and sometimes a helping hand,” said Laurie Busker, community educator. “At Inspirations we help patients find enjoyment and understanding that senior adults experience a variety of unique and difficult life conditions that can be overwhelming at times.”

Who could benefit from coming to Inspirations? The following are the major signs that you or a loved one could be helped through the program:

  • Sadness/Depression
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Fatigue and loss of energy

People caring for an older person such as a parent or grandparent may wonder how to start the conversation with a loved one about seeking help, Busker said.

“We recommend simply stating to your loved one that you are concerned and wanting them to feel better,” Busker said.

A physician’s referral is not required. Anyone can make a referral, Busker said. Inspirations is covered under Medicare Part B and supplemental insurance.

Inspirations offers therapy and services during the day which allows patients to return to their homes in the evening. Other services include:

  • Therapeutic activities
  • Transportation to and from sessions (within a 35 mile radius)
  • Medication management
  • Warm lunch

For more information about Inspirations call (405) 579-4700. The program is located across the street from Norman Regional Hospital in the Physicians and Surgeons Building.

Learn More

To learn more about what Inspirations can provide you or your loved one, plan to attend a community conversation on Thursday, August 26 at the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center located at 901 N. Porter Avenue in Norman. The hour and a half event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and feature information from Inspirations Program Director Michelle Burris, Community Educator Laurie Busker and Lead Therapist Monte Blake.

To register, please call HealthLink at (405) 440-8802.

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