86-year-old therapist shares 5 tips to help seniors endure pandemic loneliness

The risk for the severe form of COVID-19 increases with age, so like many older adults, Katharine Esty spent many weeks this spring without leaving her home at all.

Esty, who turns 86, this week, knows all too well the toll such self-isolation can take on mental health. She’s still a practicing psychotherapist who helps patients cope with life — though the sessions are now by phone as the coronavirus outbreak grips the country.

Katharine Esty, is a social psychologist, practicing psychotherapist and an activist for aging well.
Katharine Esty, is a social psychologist, practicing psychotherapist and an activist for aging well.

Esty has stayed “amazingly healthy,” she said, in part because her busy schedule and the company of her live-in partner Peter, whom she met after her husband of 59 years died, made the quarantine easier.

“But there are lots of people who are alone and it’s been really hard… it’s just devastating,” Esty, who lives in a retirement community in Concord, Massachusetts,

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Trainer Joe Wicks Shares 3 Secrets That Helped Him Succeed in Fitness

From Men’s Health

Joe Wicks, the cover star of Men’s Health UK’s July/August issue, has a lot to teach you. The 33-year-old has seen himself go from a struggling park boot-camp trainer to an in-demand social media personality, YouTube #PEWithJoe phenom, magazine cover model, and so much more.

There’s no denying that hi s relentless personality, charm and online business acumen helped pave the way for success. But what of the lessons that he’s learned along the way?

Below, we’ve cherry-picked a few quotes from our cover interview that help shine a light on Wicks’ continual successes. Hopefully, they can inspire you to make a positive change, however small. Let’s get to it.

Staying Motivated

“When I started doing fitness, I always had this voice in my head telling me to keep going… It was like that when I first started doing boot camps in the park, and it was

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Father-daughter duo shares a message in chalk

Neal Brandenburg spray-paints a homemade stencil with his daughter Ruby, 11. <span class="copyright">(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Neal Brandenburg spray-paints a homemade stencil with his daughter Ruby, 11. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

During the first week of the shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Neal Brandenburg’s daughters were bouncing off the walls.

The stay-at-home dad usually has the house to himself while his wife is at work and daughters Noa, 6, and Ruby, 11, attend Culver City schools.

“The ‘staycation’ with children was not going smoothly,” he said. “I just desperately needed something to do that could entertain them.”

Two weeks in, and the tedium had gone too far.

As Brandenburg scrolled through Instagram, he came up with an idea. A friend in New Jersey, Sarah Chamberlin, had posted a photo of her daughter lying on the pavement, eyes closed. Purple chalk butterfly wings spread out from her sides, and antennae twisted out of her head.

Today, the family would try chalk art, Brandenburg decided.

In

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