With daylight growing shorter and holiday decorations beginning to festoon the stores, it can be a sensitive time for seniors. Already more prone to depression than the young people, the problem can be exacerbated for those worrying about how the circumstances and processes of aging may change the coming holiday season. Emeritus at Creekside Lodge's "BluesBusters" will be out in full force in October to help local seniors not only survive the holidays, but thrive. Depression affects 15% of Americans over age 65, according to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation; the figure is five percentage points higher than the incidence in the overall population. To combat the problem, the "BluesBusters," a group of professionals from Emeritus at Creekside Lodge will be visiting area seniors in their homes this month to conduct a complimentary emotional wellness check, providing tools and resources to engage them in activities known to fight depression. As part of the BluesBusters' initiative, the seniors will be invited to take part in six free activities and events at Emeritus at Creekside Lodge, such as exercise and art classes, concerts, parties, and dining opportunities. The Blues Busters effort is part of Creekside Lodge's complimentary Home Visits program, in which the community's professionals periodically visit area seniors in their homes to provide companionship and support.
If you would like to recommend an area senior for a visit by the BluesBusters, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Emeritus at Creekside Lodge at (510) 236-1444 or e-mail creeksidelodge-CRC@emeritus.com
This program will be running until the end of November, but don't wait! Nominate an area senior today!