BE WELL

Grandparents

Being a grandparent is filled with the responsibility of providing for family and the joys of grandchildren.  Unfortunately, during this time we may find ourselves separated from our families while still working, shopping for, and supporting our families.

 

COVID-19 & Grandparents

         As grandparents we may be experiencing stress, anxiety, or grief during this pandemic.  We may be struggling with how to deal with it all and feel like we're the only one's who our children and grandchildren can count on.  We may be experiencing job losses, illness within our families, and the stress of ensuring our grandchildren don't fall behind in school.  Below are some resources that may be helpful in navigating these challenging situations.

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Stress and Coping

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Guideline For Grocery Shopping

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Food Access Guidelines

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Frequently Asked Questions

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COVID-19 Guidance For Older Adults

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Household Checklist

 

Mental Health

Self-Assessment

          It's likely that we are all feeling the stress of the pandemic.  But, being able to put a finger on exactly what you are experiencing can be helpful.  Mental Health America provides a variety of self-assessments that can help pin-point what you are experiencing.  The results are meant to help guide you to better self-care and are not a diagnostic tool.  

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

It can be hard to take the time for ourselves, but taking care of ourselves ensures that we can be there for our own families.  Below are a just a few apps or websites that you can use for self-care.  Each is evidence-based and free.  

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Mindfulness & Meditation

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Self-Care, Peer Support, Coaching, and Therapy

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YouTube Yoga

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Activities & Games to Overcome Worries, Stress & Life's Challenges.

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Free RedCross Course on Mental Health First Aid

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COVID Coach Self-Care App

 

Get Support Now

Use the following supports to find someone to talk to, locate a food pantry, fight loneliness, or connect with other services to meet your needs.

LEAN on Maryland Access Point

Baltimore residents 60 or older get connected with services, find ways to get meals and other needs met.

Call:(410)396-CARE(2273)

Remote Grief Groups

A listing of free remote Zoom and phone-in grief groups for a variety of losses.

Call: (833)926-0086

JHU School of Nursing Hotline

Get help with health information, food services, domestic violence support, or mental health services.

Call: (410)614-4317

Institute On Aging Friendship Line

Supporting individuals who are struggling to feel connected within their communities.

Call: (800)971-0016

Maryland 2-1-1

Find supports for a wide variety of needs.  Housing, food, children and families, legal services, mental health, etc.

Call: 211

Maryland Senior Legal Helpline

Free telephone service for Marylanders over the age of 60 in need of legal advice.

Call:(410)951-7750

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This site was created by student support professionals at Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, and is intended to support educator, parent, and family mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Site contact: Evan Velleman, NCC ebvelleman@bcps.k12.md.us