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 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH                                                                         letter

 TREATMENT IN   Welcome to Spring 2021.  After that last snowstorm, I am so excited to start   the
               seeing some flowers bloom.  This time last year, we were hosting our annual
               cover photo shoot and banquet for the high school Seniors and the Seniors they
               honored.  The “Link” in Senior Link is fulfilled when multiple generations come
               together in order to recognize the value of passing on the stories of our elders to
 AMARILLO.     future generations.                                                         publisher

               So much has happened since that event last year.  Lives have been lost.  Businesses
               have closed. And many in our community have suffered great loss because of
 Now accepting   COVID and all the challenges that came with it.
               My own family all had COVID and quarantined
               together. Thankfully, our cases were mild, but an
 patients!     intangible fear of what might happen next lingers like
               an annoying houseguest. The loss of socialization and
               relationship grieves me.
               Recently, I read a report about the rise of mental
               health concerns in our youth across the US.  It is
               evident that we still need to lean on the strength and
               resilience of our family and friends but, perhaps, in
               different ways.  We must come up with creative new
               ways to connect the multiple generations, especially
               in our families. It is more important than ever that the
               stories be told, and that the youth hear them.  Senior
               Link is grateful for the opportunity to facilitate that
               effort and grateful for the high school seniors who
 Oceans Amarillo provides inpatient mental health   took precious time to visit with someone who has
               influenced them and then write an essay to honor
 services in a safe and comfortable environment, with   them.
 individual and group treatment programs designed    Our world will never be the same.  My grandmother
               lived from 1906-2000, and the stories she told remind
 to meet the specific needs of adults 50 and older.  me of how drastically our world has changed in a short
               time.  I believe it is even more important than ever
               that we “glean from our grandparents” and others
               who have more birthdays behind them than in front of them. Getting together has become more complicated
               and somehow more precious. We still need each other, so we must find ways to make it happen.
               The essays by our local high school seniors are evidence that young people are being impacted by their elders.
 ADMISSION CRITERIA MAY INCLUDE:  We hope our readers will also be inspired by the stories about other exceptional seniors, like the one about a
               beloved pastor and teacher and another about Amarillo’s famous “Iris Guy.” Then reminisce along with Berry
               Cox and Bob Lile, try out a new recipe, and check out the Spring-themed crossword.
 • Signs and symptoms of depression  We hope you enjoy our annual Senior2Senior issue, and please make sure to reach out and thank our sponsors.

 • Suicidal, homicidal or delusional thoughts  Currently, many of the businesses who support this magazine are doing so sacrificially.  I am thankful for them,
               and I know they would appreciate knowing that our readers are as well.
 • Danger to self or others                                                                     Erin Agee

 • Behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
 • Hallucinations (auditory or visual)
                                       The Mission of Senior Link


                        Our mission is to tell the stories of local seniors, not only to honor them,
                      but also to inspire and challenge younger generations. We endeavor to link
 CALL (806) 310-2205 FOR MORE INFORMATION.  seniors with the resources they need to ensure quality of life. We believe in
                       the strength of the chain, in linking with one another, and in linking all of
 7501 Wallace Blvd., Floor 2  us to information which can enhance our lives. We recognize the value of
 Amarillo, TX 79124               every season of life and the uniqueness of every story.
                                  Senior Link’s mission rests in the power of connection.
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