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Helping Older Adults Avoid Social Isolation
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults experienced social isolation and the loneliness that can result. Loneliness is a serious public health risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, loneliness can put older adults at risk for dementia and other medical conditions. While face-to-face interactions may not always be possible, sometimes enjoying a friendly and meaningful conversation can make a significant impact on your day.
That’s why the Greater Cleveland Volunteers started the Chat Pals program. The program is designed to be a support system and is free for participants age 55 and up. You can chat over the telephone or using a video chat platform like Zoom, and you are matched with like-minded people so that friendships can form naturally. All of the volunteers are background-trained and will reach out weekly to chat and have a meaningful conversation. If you or a loved one would benefit from having a “chat pal,” check out the video below to learn more.
If you are a senior living alone in Cleveland, you may benefit from participation in the PACE program—our day centers provide opportunities for socialization and conversation, alongside so many other benefits and services. Learn more about what we can do for you and your family.