State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Seniors & Loneliness: Lives at Risk

Episode #8: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by former dentist, exhibit participant and Rock Steady Boxing coach Tim Znamirowskilo and social worker Elizabeth Hutton to discuss the issue of isolation in older adults and the mental and physical health risks associated with loneliness. Loneliness is linked to a variety of long-term physical and mental health risks and locally over fifty percent of all seniors report living alone or experiencing loneliness. Adult Services Director Mike McConnell also joins the conversation to share about the new exhibit “We’re Still Here” now showing at the Museum of Art & History (MAH) that was created by our local seniors and features the many challenges they face. Tim shares about his trials of finding himself newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, isolated and depressed, how he found community in an unexpected place and made his way to better physical and mental health. Elizabeth shares perspectives about the many ways older adults struggle and sheds light on local resources for seniors. Most of us have at least one older adult in our lives, so tune in for this informative discussion to learn more about the many challenges they face and about supports and services available to them.

Broadcast 7/7/19

Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein for lending her organizational & technical expertise along with her general wizardry to help bring this show to you. Also, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing and donating the use of our theme music.

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MAH – Museum of Art & History Exhibit  “Were Still Here”
April 5th, 2019 – January 12th, 2020
Second Floor Solari Gallery

Senior Support Service Programs:

Senior Network Services, 831-462-1433

Senior Network Services Resource Directory,831-462-1433

Family Services Agency of the Central Coast – Senior Outreach, Peer Counseling Services, Santa Cruz – 831-459-9351 Watsonville – 831-728-9009

Community Bridges– administers several programs:

Hospice of Santa Cruz County831-430-3000

In-Home Supportive Services, 1 (866) 580-HELP (4357), or 831-454-4101

Adult Protective Services, 1 (866) 580-HELP (4357), or 831-454-4101

Veterans Services , 1 (866) 580-HELP (4357), or 831-454-4101

CalFresh(food stamps), 1 (866) 580-HELP (4357), or 831-454-4101

Parkinson’s Disease Resources

EASE PD, Inc. – Santa Cruz Parkinson’s Community for this resource and other resources.

Rock Steady Boxing Santa Cruz, or 831-438-2697

Dignity Health PEP exercise with people living with Parkinson’s & general exercise or 831-457-7099


Family Service Agency (FSA) of the Central Coast is a dedicated underwriter of State of Mind. FSA provides resources, support, and counseling services to adults and children.  FSA believes in the power and potential of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own creative solutions and welcomes people of diverse cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, socio-economic backgrounds.  FSA Counseling Offices offer Medi-Cal, Medicare, and low-cost, sliding scale services in both downtown Santa Cruz 831-423-9444 x200 and in Soquel 831-346-6767 x200.