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.