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In 2019, caregivers need not go it alone

A majority of Long Islanders over age 50 are either currently, or have been in the past five years, or expect to be in the next five years, a caregiver for an elderly relative or friend. Good news for the new year: Help is available for people coping with this daunting, difficult job.

Medical house calls open a window on plight of the elderly on the North Fork

“If you spent a day with me, you would go home, put your head down on your kitchen table and cry,” says Greenport physician assistant Steven Templeton, founder of Medical House Calls of the North Fork. Many elderly live in "absolutely terrible" conditions, alone and lonely, suffering from depression and anxiety, he says.