Community encouraged to check on older neighbors and family as pandemic continues

Doctor with stethoscope
Valley News - Health
June is National Elder Abuse Awareness Month RIVERSIDE COUNTY – As older adults experience what doctors and advocates call an epidemic of loneliness and isolation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services encouraged the public to check in with aging loved ones and neighbors. Social worker Dianet Penilla with Adult Protective Services works with older adults who are self-isolating in their homes and is seeing their struggles up close. “We’re getting cases where seniors are depressed, don’t have enough food or have been the victims of various scams,” Penilla said. “I encourage them to seek personal connections and mental health services. It’s part of a collaboration with county partners to make sure all our clients kn
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