De Jager IDA has been a strong supporter of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health through the years. John and Lisa focus on supporting Health related organizations and activities in the area.
Pictured accepting the donation are, left to right, Dan Stringer, Treasurer of Gateway CERH, John De Jager President and CEO of De Jager Town Square IDA Pharmacy and Nancy Simpson, Board Secretary and Chair of Sustainable Funding for Gateway CERH.
Did you know that the Lonely No More program will be returning this January?
The Lonely No More Program aims to combat social isolation among rural seniors by providing them an opportunity to socialize once a week in a peer group setting using a teleconference line facilitated by one of our volunteers. We wanted to have this social setting occur over the phone so that those individuals who have difficulties making it out to social settings, due to medical issues or lack of transportation, can still participate and benefit from the program. We hope to run this program for 8 weeks and are open to extending the duration if participants and volunteers would like to continue. We hope to positively impact elderly, isolated and at-risk populations within 5 target counties: Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey and Lambton.
This program is supported by Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy (research partner). Our program will be coordinated by Sarah Versteeg who works at both overseeing organizations (Gateway and University of Waterloo) and the program is being lead by a qualified Health Coach, Sheila Schuehlein.
It's not too late to become involved! We have room for more volunteers and senior participants. If you are interested in learning more please email our Program Coordinator Sarah Versteeg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you IODE (Maple Leaf Chapter) for making a donation to our Lonely No More program relaunch!
Lonely No Program (LNM) is a peer-based program that aims to reduce social isolation in rural seniors. The pilot for this program was successfully launched this past year and based on the positive feedback found we are in the process of relaunching the program.
The LNM Program aims to strengthen and expand social connections of rural seniors by improving opportunities for participation in existing social support networks and building new social support networks. This program also empowers community members to become peer advocates for isolated and at-risk seniors by proving seniors access to services and resources, initiating one-on-one engagement and encouraging healthy behaviors. The program consists of weekly Elder Circles, a teleconference call between isolated seniors that is facilitated by trained community members (volunteers). These Circles create a safe space to develop social networks among seniors who may not otherwise have access to social settings either through a lack of access (e.g., transportation) or for other medical reasons (e.g., disability).
Since, socially isolated seniors are more likely to be victims of elder abuse and are at risk of negative psychological and physiological health effects, we know loneliness can impact the health status of seniors and their quality of life. We are currently in the process of recruiting participants, volunteers and collecting donations. If you are interested in becoming involved in the LNM program please contact Sarah Versteeg, Lonely No More's Program Coordinator at 519 612 1053 or email@example.com.