Santa Barbara County’s Behavioral Wellness Community Wellness Team is helping to keep seniors connected through the holidays. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have been among the most vulnerable of groups. Not only for physical health reasons, but also for their mental health. Many studies report that loneliness among older adults has increased significantly over the past year.

In addition to the current stressors of living life in a pandemic, and the social isolation being experienced by older adults, many older adults may also be living in a senior living environment which is not permitting family visitors even if socially distanced. Loneliness and social isolation for older adults have a deep emotional impact, sometimes leading to depression and anxiety and can even have a significant impact on their physical health.

The Behavioral Wellness Community Wellness Team has developed the Senior Bridge Program to provide support to older adults through the holiday season, and beyond. Those interested may call the Community Wellness Team at 805-364-2750 and sign up for just one call or for regular friendly phone calls from volunteers from Hospice of Santa Barbara. We truly are all in this together, and with that knowledge, we will get through this together. Let’s make sure nobody has to do this alone. If you know of an older adult who may benefit from connection by phone, please share this information.