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Staying Social As We Age

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Did you know that June is National Elder Abuse Prevention Month? Today on the blog we’re going to look at ways to combat social isolation, a big risk factor for elder abuse.  

We’ve all felt lonely, especially since Covid-19. What’s the difference between loneliness and isolation? The Centers for Disease Control define loneliness as “the feeling of being along, regardless of the amount of social contact;” they define isolation as the “lack of social connections.” While someone may have a social network and still feel lonely, they are considered isolated if they do not have any social network. About 25% of older adults (age 65+) are socially isolated. Isolation can have negative effects on the body, such as an increased risk of dementia, higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide, and even premature death. So how can we stay social as we age? Where can we go to potentially find new connections? 

 

Community Resources 

 

Education 

 

Gardening Clubs 

 

Senior Centers 

 

Senior Lunch Cafes

 

Libraries 

  • Chelsea District Library (734) 475-8732 
    • Reading Glasses Book Club (meets 1st Tuesday of each month 6:00-7:00pm @ Chelsea Alehouse)  
    • Books & Banter Book Club (meets 1st Thursday of each month 2:00-3:00pm) 
  • Milan Public Library (734) 439-1240 
    • Lethal Lunches (Mystery Book Group- meets 1st Wednesday of each month 1:00-2:30pm) 
  • Northfield Township Area Library (734) 449-0066 
    • Finer Things Book Club (meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 1:00-2:00pm) 
    • Monthly craft events 
  • Saline District Library (734) 429-5450 
    • Walking Yoga (Mondays Noon-1:00pm) 
    • Renovation Yoga (Thursdays Noon-1:00pm) 
    • Monthly Bee-ngo (bingo) 
    • Monthly adult coloring 
    • Monthly craft events 
  • Ypsilanti District Library (734) 482-4110 
    • Mahjong (Mondays 1:00-3:00pm) 
    • Moving For Better Balance with the Ann Arbor YMCA (Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am) 
    • LNGO Fitness (Thursdays Noon-1:00pm) 
    • Chair Yoga (Fridays 10:30-11:30am) 
    • Walking Club (Fridays 10:30-11:30am) 
    • Senior Advisory Board (meets 3rd Thursday of each month 1:00-2:00pm) 
    • Monthly craft events 

 

Memory Care 

 

National Resources 

  • AARP Friendly Voice– Call 1-888-281-0145 and leave a voicemail. AARP staff will return your call. Please note that when AARP calls your caller ID may say “800 Service.”   
    • To speak in Spanish call 1-888-497-4108 
  • AARP Local– Click on “Change City” near the top of the page to find classes and social events near you.  
  • AmeriCorps Seniors (volunteer opportunities) 
  • Red Hat Society (Note: there is an annual membership fee of $35) 
  • SAGE Connect– LGBTQ-Friendly weekly caller program. The program currently has a waitlist. Email [email protected] for more information. 

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