Elderly face challenges coping with Sandy's impact

Health care officials, social workers and volunteers are paying close attention to the elderly after the superstorm.

This aerial photo made from a helicopter shows storm damage from Sandy over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, Pool)

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Health care officials, social workers and volunteers are paying close attention to the elderly after the superstorm.

Some say life experiences temper their ability to cope with the destruction, while others note that the stress of no electricity, displacement from their homes and upheaval from routines is taking a toll.

A psychologist specializing in elder care at a Queens hospital says many of her patients have fared well.

Dr. Marie Genevieve-Iselin notes older adults have had weathered other crises in their lives. She says it gives them a road map.

Still, with temperatures now dropping into the 30s at night, the elderly remain a vulnerable population.

The head of a food bank says she has seen many seniors lining up at the group's food trucks around New York's Long Island.


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