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By Peggy Woodard
For The Sentinel 

Seniors and their caregivers work to stop touch deprivation


April 29, 2020

Isolation caused by social distancing due to COVID-19 affects us all to some extent; however, there is a segment of our population affected more than most others. Our senior citizens who live in care facilities, whether assisted living centers or nursing homes, deal with isolation to one degree or another even in the best of times, and these added restrictions have only increased the problem for them and their caregivers.

One of the major problems caused by isolation is something called touch deprivation, sometimes referred to as skin hunger or affection deprivation, which occurs when a person experiences little to no touch from other living things. We, as humans, are created with the ne...

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