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COVID-19 Impacts: How Older Mainers Are Affected By The Crisis

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This is the second segment of Thursday's 2-hour Maine Calling extended show. For the first segment, click here.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are exacerbated for people who are older, many of whom have added health problems and are more vulnerable to anxiety, isolation, inability to communicate and more. We will talk about what aid and support is available for these older Mainers, and how others can help them.

  This program has been edited for rebroadcast.

Guests

Lori Parham, state director, AARP Maine

Dr. Jeffrey Barkin, geriatric psychiatrist; associate medical director, Change HealthCare; president, Tri-County Mental Health Services

Thomas Meuser (call-in), clinical psychologist, founding director, Center for Excellence in Aging & Health, University of New England

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Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.