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Prayer calls and pet therapy: How seniors stay connected in a pandemic

Posted on AllSides April 13th, 2020
From The Center
coronavirus, senior citizens, prayer calls, pet therapy

The elderly are vulnerable to the coronavirus, but also to the isolation that social distancing brings. This story looks at how families and communities are coping with this challenge.

Julia Adams looked forward to two family outings a week: Thursday dinner and Sunday lunch. That changed last month when the 80-year-old’s assisted living home in New Middletown, Ohio, closed to visitors as a COVID-19 precaution.

“Mom had kept asking about going out to dinner,” says her son Charley Adams. “I just had to keep telling her: ‘Mom, you can’t...

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