Social isolation is taking a toll on many of us and can feel especially difficult around the holidays.
It’s important to recognize the signs of loneliness and depression and be intentional about getting connected and finding the support you need. We are fortunate to have caring, proactive organizations stepping up to combat social isolation who find unique ways to assist seniors and connect them to community supports. There are virtual book clubs, exercise classes, friendly visiting opportunities and other ways to get involved. To read more about social isolation and how to take care of yourself this winter visit the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Follow these links to get connected to some of the providers we work with in SE MN and ask about their programs and supports.
Senior Resources of Freeborn County
Neighbors in Action
Winona Friendship Center
Aging Mastery Book Clubs Help Reduce Social Isolation
Local Organizations are currently offering Aging Mastery Book clubs via Zoom. This program was developed by the National Council on Aging and focuses on helping older adults take charge of their health, renew healthy habits and make better choices. Go to WellConnect or Juniper to see upcoming classes and register. You will receive a Starter Kit and instructions for how to join virtually. Participant’s who have taken part in this program have enjoyed the connection, sharing and learning as they move through the book content together!