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How you can make a difference in the life of a lonely senior citizen | By Janean Brudvig

Washington Co., Wi – At one time or another, we’ve all experienced loneliness. For most of us, it’s temporary. But for many older people and people with disabilities, being isolated and lonely is a constant reality.

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In the U.S., 40% of people who have a disability and 43% of people aged 65 or older say they feel lonely some or all the time. Loneliness is associated with physical, emotional, and psychological health impacts such as greater risk for cardiovascular disease, depression, memory problems and even abuse or neglect.

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So, what can we do? Let’s all remember our friends, family and neighbors – around the holidays, but afterward too. Make a phone call, stop by, schedule a video chat. Ask if they need anything – groceries, supplies for a hobby, their driveway or walk shoveled. Invite them to an activity or to join you for coffee. They’ll benefit from the human contact – and so will you.

So, get in touch and stay in touch. The simple act of reaching out and showing you care can make a world of difference for someone who is alone and lonely.

Interfaith volunteers are making a difference every day helping isolated seniors in Washington County. Through volunteer transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, Kindness Crews, Interfaith Companionship and Canine visits, Kindness Calls and more. Interfaith volunteers also help us operate the h.e.l.p. Corner – health equipment lending program, in West Bend and Hartford.

 

Want to know more about how you can make a difference in the life of a lonely senior in your community?  Please stop by or give us a call today.  Find out how easy it is to get started.  Please visit the website for more information Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County (interfaithwashco.org)

2374A W. Washington St.

West Bend

262-365-0902

 

Janean Brudvig, Executive Director

Interfaith Board of Directors

Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County

 

Citations:

Michigan University

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

 

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