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Kindness program for socially isolated seniors rolls out in Hawai’i

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Kindness Program is part of a new and expanding social venture called One Caring Team. This enterprise, created by Dr. Sonya Kim, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur as well as a board-certified Emergency Physician with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, responds directly to the needs of an often under served, and sometimes neglected segment of society. Through her medical house calls, Dr. Kim discovered a link between social isolation and a decrease in the quality of life in aging adults. One Caring Team's mission is to address this condition and reduce health care costs associated with this demographic and, more importantly, rejuvenate our kupuna's hope for regular meaningful connections with others who care.

Dr. Kim is not new to Hawai'i. She began her career in medicine on the island of Kaua'i, where she learned the old ways of caring for patients who could not afford healthcare. She then moved to O'ahu and worked at the Kuakini Medical Center as a locum tenens ER physician. During her career, Dr. Kim has taken care of over 40,000+ patients who have suffered from acute and chronic diseases, and as a result, has recognized a strong link between social isolation and deteriorating health. In studies, social isolation has been proven to lead to chronic depression and anxiety in seniors.

Dr. Kim is coming to Hawai'i and will give a Preventive Emotional Care Conference, on Thursday, April 23RD from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. at the Christ Centered Community Church located above California Pizza Kitchen in Kahala Mall. Dr. Kim will introduce her Kindness Program for kupuna as well as address the urgent issues affecting our aging population at home. She will share her years of knowledge, expertise and her proven preventive wellness methods that will have an overall far reaching impact toward alleviating chronic depression and improving the well-being of our kupuna. It is proven that those who suffer in silence from isolation are at an increased risk for Alzheimer's dementia and chronic depression, often leading to a shorter life expectancy.

For more information, visit the One Caring Team website here.

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