Program launch to connect seniors

Posted on: November 3, 2017

If you know someone who might benefit from building a friendship—please encourage them to call us at (440) 567-4120 to sign up for this no cost program.

Social connectedness is strongly linked to a person's overall health. To better connect Lorain County adults- ages 55 and over- to the community, the Lorain County General Health District (LCGHD) has launched the Buddy Connect Pilot Program—for no cost. Starting this fall through May 31, 2018, enrolled older adults will receive phone calls monthly from a volunteer buddy to help connect them better to the community; once a month home visits are also available.

“We know that when people feel connected to other people in their community their risk for chronic diseases, depression and suicide can be reduced,” said Health Commissioner of LCGHD, David Covell, MPH, RS.

Buddy clients and volunteers have already begun to connect, and space is still available to enroll in the Buddy Connect Pilot Program.

Volunteer opportunities are also available– training will be provided and includes background checks.

To sign up or to volunteer for this no-cost program, call (440) 567-4120.