Thankfully, we're on the correct end of the (hopefully) once every one-hundred-years pandemic. Our state and the nation are opening up more and more each day. Being able to dine out, go to concerts and sporting events is fantastic, but that doesn't mean that the stress of dealing with COVID-19 has gone away completely.

Anxiety from the pandemic may never go away

For instance, the stress of losing a job due to Covid cut-backs is over, and maybe you replaced it with an even better job. On the other hand, the pain from losing a loved one due to the coronavirus may never heal. And for those who describe themselves as "long haulers" with post-COVID-19 syndrome the mental and physical pain may be with them for the rest of their lives.

Two regional healthcare providers team up to provide free brain health coaching

For anyone experiencing stress, feeling overwhelmed, or burned out, due to any circumstances related to COVID-19, Hillcrest Family Services, based in Dubuque, and Unity Point Health – AbbeHealth Services, based in Cedar Rapids, are offering free brain health coaching sessions for adults and children of any age. These sessions are confidential and do not require any pre-authorization or insurance.

Who is eligible for the free brain health coaching sessions?

According to a press release, the sessions are funded by CARES Act grant monies, and are offered to residents in nine eastern Iowa counties:  Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, and Linn counties.

How do I make an appointment?

The services can be provided in person, by phone, or via telehealth.  The sessions can be scheduled now and will run until June 30. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call either Hillcrest Family Services at or 563-207-5494 or AbbeHealth at 319-398-3562.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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