Join us each Thursday at 10:00 am on a conference call to hear about the latest developments impacting older people and their caregivers. Learn about local resources and get recommendations to help you, get you connected, and feel in control.
Healthy Coping During Extraordinary Times
Kate Krajci, LCSW
Kate is founder of Life Changes Counseling and Care Planning, a private psychotherapy practice in Chicago. At the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, she directs and is an instructor for the “Clinical Practice with Older Adults” post-graduate program and coordinates older adult specialization programming for Master’s degree students. She is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging and a member of the American Society on Aging’s Mental Health and Aging Network Leadership Council. Kate received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration where she was awarded the Sonia G. Berz Award for Outstanding Promise in the Field of Aging.
This meeting took place on
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am
Kate Krajci, LCSW
Watch a recording of this meeting:
COVID19-related Telephone Social Support:
Mental Health Support phone line for Illinois residents experiencing stress related to COVID-19
Text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0
or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0
AARP Friendly Voices offers telephone check-ins from volunteers
1-888-281-0145 or register online at https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/friendly-voices/
Chicago’s My Block, My Hood, My City offers free care packages and volunteer telephone check-ins for older adults living in Chicago. Register online at https://www.formyblock.org/
SAGEConnect provides 6 weeks of weekly phone calls from a volunteer for older adults who identify as LGBTQ+. Register by calling 1-929-484-4160 or register online at https://www.sageusa.org/sageconnect/
AARP Community Connections: Information, resources and ways to combat isolation including volunteer telephone check-ins and virtual mutual aid groups. (this can help post-COVID too!)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746
24 hour, 7 day per week resources (not specific to COVID19):
The Institute on Aging in California has long-hosted the Friendship Line to offer telephone emotional support to older adults. Call 1-800-971-0016. Learn more at https://www.ioaging.org/services/all-inclusive-health-care/friendship-line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
text CONNECT to 741741
Find a therapist:
Enter your preferred location zip code, use one or both of the following specialties in the search bar: clinical social worker, clinical psychologist
Call the number on the back of your Medicare card if you do not have internet access.
Enter your preferred location zip code. After the results show, select your insurance on the left column.
Coping with Covid