This is a worrying time for all of us, but for the elderly – who are most at risk from the coronavirus – it’s perhaps the hardest of all.
We want to keep them safe and secure, which is why we ask them to stay at home separate from society. But as the months wear on, we see that loneliness is taking a terrible toll.
What can we do? How can we make this work?
In the first of a new series, we ask YOU, our readers, to send us all your questions about how to help our elderly friends and relatives during this period, and we will pass them on to experts here in Israel for their advice.
We will put their answers together in an article and publish it on our site.
To help answer your questions this time, we have four experts:
Dvora Corn is a Jerusalem-based family and marital therapist and occupational therapist specializing in aging, illness and end-of-life issues. She is cofounder of Gisha L’chaim – Life’s Door, helping people cope with death and loss.
Dream Doctor Amnon Raviv is a professional medical clown and college instructor. He is the author of Medical Clowning: The Healing Performance, and has often worked with elderly patients over the past 17 years.
Dr. Efraim Jaul is the Director of Geriatrics at Herzog Hospital. In the past month he has been interviewed in the media several times about how the elderly can effectively be helped to cope with corona.
Yonit Zabari is the Director of the Department of Social Work at Herzog Hospital, and has extensive experience in all aspects of geriatrics.
This is a unique opportunity to ask these specialists the questions that are bothering you.
Write to us at asktheexperts@Israel21c.org by Wednesday June 24, and we will forward your questions on.