ProMedica and the Area Office on Aging (AOoA) have partnered to combat social isolation in seniors with the recently launched Neighbors Calling Neighbors Program. Social isolation can bring on serious health issues, and it can become increasingly severe in the winter months. With this program, people can receive free weekly phone calls from AOoA volunteers to help get them past the feelings of isolation that can lead to depression. Clinical Director for ProMedica Social Detriments of Health Joe Jardine said, “We know that some of our volunteers and seniors may develop a friendship within the social connection program and mutually decide to expand it beyond the confines of weekly scheduled calls.” To receive a referral for this program, talk to your primary care physician.
A first time grandma reflects on the changes a baby brings to holiday family gatherings By Lisa Alleman Thanksgiving 2018. We gather around my dining room table to eat our turkey dinner with urgency. Unlike other years, the turkey is not the main event. My daughter, who is 5 months pregnant with our first
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash We all know that cooking your own Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit stressful at times. Luckily, there are other options for both dine-in and pick-up if you want to skip the laborious work and relax with your family and friends. We’ve put together a list of some of
Senior citizens and others with conditions that render them especially susceptible to COVID-19 aren’t just struggling because of the potential for contracting the virus — the isolation from months of lost social interaction has been devastating for many. Assisted living facilities, highly regulated, controlled environments when it comes to social isolation, finally allowed visitation with
As winter sets in, isolation increases for older adults, but there are ways to limit loneliness. In a year that has been defined by isolation, loneliness may increase in the next few months as flu season, cold weather and a possible uptick in COVID-19 become the norm. It seems likely that many holiday activities will