Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services is excited to participate in the 2021 “Home for the Holidays — Staying Connected and Healthy During the Covid-19 Pandemic” campaign, led by the Eldercare Locator, USAging and the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
The web site notes, “After nearly 18 months of living with COVID-19, many of us, including the older adults we serve, could benefit from checking-up on healthy aging habits — and caregivers concerned about the changes they see in older loved ones could use help with next steps. This is why the Eldercare Locator’s 2021 Home for the Holidays campaign will focus on educating older adults, caregivers, families and professionals on some of the simple questions they can ask to check in with themselves and their older loved ones — and how to access services provided by the Aging Network that can enhance the ability of older adults to age well in their homes and communities.”
Launched every year during the holiday season, Home for the Holidays encourages discussion of important issues affecting older Americans at a time of the year when family and friends often gather. Staying Connected and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers is a consumer brochure that highlights the importance of social connection, its impact on our health — and ways the Aging Network can help older adults connect to their communities during this time of limited in-person social interactions.
Please take the time to learn more about healthy aging in a pandemic world. It is a difficult time in our lives, with the ongoing pandemic. Please contact the Office for Aging Services to speak with the NY Connects program to see how your needs can be met. For more information on local resources available for older adults and their caregivers, contact Chautauqua County NY Connects at [email protected], or call (716) 753-4582, 363-4582, or 661-7582 and check us out on Facebook
The pandemic has really highlighted what is really important and necessary in life: social donnections.
As human beings, we know that being able to socialize with friends, family, and others keeps us happy and mentally stimulated. Conversely, the social isolation that we have all felt by being stuck at home and unable to participate in our favorite social activities leads to anxiety, depression, and can contribute to poor health.
Unfortunately, social isolation for many older adults has not completely gone away.
In rural counties like ours, many older adults can become socially isolated as they start to get older and are dealing with more health problems that make it difficult to get out and about in the community.
Maybe their spouse dies or they give up driving.
Without a car and limited transportation options, it …….