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Buddy Connect

Friendships are just plain good for you; in fact, social connections are strongly linked to a person's overall health. As people age their risk to be isolated from friends, the community, and past activities increases. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Buddy Connect program is available at no cost through Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) and the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County.

“Buddy Connect helps folks build friendships, while numerous studies confirm that social connections have a positive impact on social, emotional, and physical health,” said David Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at LCPH.

What to expect with Buddy Connect

In the Buddy Connect Program, monthly phone calls and in-home visits are mutually enjoyed by participants and their buddy volunteer. Quarterly, social outings bring everyone together to talk, enjoy a meal, and to try something new; transportation is available for clients. Favorite past social outings have included chair yoga followed by lunch, and a garden tram tour with lunch at Schoepfle Garden.

Sign up to get a buddy.

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Become a buddy volunteer.

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  • Volunteers receive training and a background check. 
  • Volunteering with Buddy Connect is flexible and works easily with any schedule.

Planning for retirement?  Be sure to think about how you'll fill your time. Make a list of what you'd like to do, and talk to a friend about how to make it happen. Maybe you want to volunteer, sign up for free fitness, schedule a weekly breakfast with high school friends or past coworkers, or join a book club at your local library.