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Older adult program indicates positive in-person results


Lorain County, August 6, 2018: Friendships are just plain good for you; 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 Lorain County Board of Mental Health.


“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. “Preliminary results of the program, which started in October 2017, indicate that visits and social outings make a positive difference,” added Covell.


In June 2018, there were all smiles during a Buddy Connect social outing when a volunteer's child joined in on the fun.Monthly phone calls and in-home visits are mutually enjoyed by participants and their buddy volunteer. Each quarter, social outings bring everyone together to talk, enjoy a meal, and to try something new; transportation is also provided. Favorite past social outings have included chair yoga followed by lunch, and a garden tram tour with lunch at Schoepfle Garden.


“Our volunteers and participants have diverse interests that they enjoy sharing- from singing to gardening to playing any card game under the sun,” said Natalie Karn, nursing supervisor at LCPH. “Volunteers enjoy the program because they know they’re making a difference for their buddy, and many are surprised by how much they also get out of the new friendship,” said Ms. Karn.


More volunteers are needed. Training, background checks, and monthly gas cards to reimburse mileage are provided to volunteers. Volunteering with Buddy Connect is flexible and works easily with any schedule- regardless of age or employment.


To sign up or to learn more about the Buddy Connect program, call 440-567-4120.


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