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Behavioral health professionals discuss depression with seniors


HONESDALE, PA — “What do you do to relieve stress?” asked psychiatrist Rashesh Dholakia while addressing a group of seniors at the Robert J. Drake Senior Community Center in Hawley. Answers ranging from “shop,” “eat” and “spending time with grandchildren” ranked among the most popular during an educational discussion on depression in the elderly.

Dr. Dholakia and Dorothy Walline from Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) Behavioral Health Services, served as speakers for Wayne County Area Agency on Aging’s PrimeTime Health Program during the month of March. Presentations were held in Hawley, Honesdale and Hamlin senior centers.

Dr. Dholakia’s discussion stressed the importance of exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight as well as the benefits derived from positive social relationships.

WMCHC offers outpatient behavioral health services in both Wayne and Pike counties. Inquiries regarding services can be made by calling Honesdale Behavioral Health at 570/253-8219 or Pike Behavioral Health at 570/775-4081.