Social isolation and loneliness pose serious, yet underappreciated, challenges that affect many older adults. In fact, isolation can negatively affect overall health and wellbeing, which makes all parts of life more difficult.
Some older adults live alone, are separated from their families or may be unable or unwilling to move around the community. As a result, they can feel disconnected with their surroundings.
Connecting the Dots can help
Connecting the Dots helps older adults and their caregivers engage and be active in the community. It aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation by connecting older adults with community activities they enjoy.
Activities of all kinds are included – both virtually and in-person. Examples of activities include fitness classes, museum tours, art classes, pet programs and wellness classes. And, some of these activities are also appropriate for caregivers – allowing the older adult and their caregiver to participate together.
How can I participate in Connecting the Dots?
There are two ways to be part of Connecting the Dots: an older adult can reach out to COA, or a referral can be made on his or her behalf. Here are the details:
- If you are an older adult living in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties, please call us at 513-721-1025 and reference Connecting the Dots.
- If you are caring for an older adult and would like make a referral to Connecting the Dots on his or her behalf, please complete and submit this form or contact Antionette Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 592-2812.
A representative of home52, a subsidiary of Council on Aging, will contact the interested older adult to discuss his or her interests and review the available activities. The older adult can then choose an activity.
Contact Antoinette Moore at email@example.com or (513) 592-2812.