In his role as the principal of First Financial Tax Group, Barry Kornfeld works with people who are approaching or have reached retirement age to help them create income and growth plans that help them achieve financial stability once they have stopped working. As part of this role, Barry M. Kornfeld also offers advice on retirement and he maintains an interest in the psychology that surrounds aging.
According to statistics in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, approximately 7 million senior citizens in the United States experience depression. In many cases, this is linked to a lack of companionship and there are a number of things you can do to help the elderly citizens in your own community.
Spending some time with an elderly person and engaging in conversation can have a remarkable effect. Some communities have even implemented foster grandparent programs that link lonely senior citizens with people who want to spend time with them. Getting involved with a local charity that focuses on the issue is a good first step.
Also, consider the possibility that illness and transportation issues can prevent senior citizens from attending events that are important to them, such as social gatherings or religious ceremonies. By offering transportation and a little help, you may be able to enrich an elderly person’s life.