Nearly one in five adults over the age of 50 is at risk of social isolation, which may lead to loneliness. Loneliness can impact one’s immune system, increase inflammation and lead to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and other serious health conditions. It can also contribute to cognitive decline and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Any aging adult who is experiencing loneliness, isolation, depression or anxiety can benefit from a confidential phone call with Senior Loneliness specialists. Sometimes knowing there is someone who cares and wants to listen can be of great help.
On Thursday, April 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dave Dalton, from Lines for Life, will be at the Newport 60+ Activity Center to share about their program, Senior Loneliness Line. The program provides such things as a friendly person to talk to when you need one — someone to listen and provide emotional support and understanding, grief support and resources and referrals. This is a free service.
Anyone who is feeling lonely or having difficulty connecting, or who knows someone who is, is encouraged to attend this presentation to learn about the program.
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE Second St. For more information, call 541-265-9617.