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Seniors Connect Café group meets weekly for conversation and camaraderie

  

Chatting at Thursday's coffee get-together at Homer's Restaurant.

 

 

CONNIE STAM, RN, BSN, CNHP SOCIETY—VOICE PHOTOS

PUBLISHED SATURDAY—MARCH—9

 

ome recent research studies have claimed that loneliness and social isolation may have a greater adverse effect on our health than cigarette smoking. In England, this has led to the position of Minister for Loneliness as more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely, according to a 2017 report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

 

The Seniors Connect Café welcomes all older adults who want to get out and meet some new people over coffee and interesting conversation. Drop in anytime.

 

Beginning in March 2019, the Café will meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the IHOP Restaurant located at 45466 Yale Road, at the Travel Lodge off Vedder Rd. The second and fourth Thursday of each month, the Café meets at the Homer's Restaurant at 46090 Yale Road on the corner of Yale and Princess Ave. in downtown. Times are from 10 am to noon.

 

When people arrive at the at the Café they're welcomed by a facilitator, introduced socialize over a complimentary cup of coffee or tea.

 

The Café's better half with a shy one and Tony who's behind in the photo.

 

If you a family member, friend or neighbour who may enjoy want to join us then please do. If you don't drive but would like to attend, let CNHP know and we will try to get a ride for you. Perhaps the older couple next door has recently moved to Chilliwack and would like to become better acquainted with the social activities that our community offers.

 

The Seniors Connect Café is modeled after the successful ‘Talking Cafes’ in England and has taken place twice monthly since June 2018. Feedback from our attendees is that this is a really great event.

 

We're hosted by the Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society (CNHP) and sponsored by the Chilliwack Community Response Network.

 

With our mobile and high stress society, it's easy to forget we may have older adult neighbours that might be feeling lonely or having difficulty getting out to social events.

 

There's many reasons they've lost their usual social support networks. Some through retirement, losing a spouse and/or close friends, or having family and friends move to other cities or provinces.

 

There's always a resource person with a health professional background at the Café who can meet with a senior on a one-to-one basis to guide them to community and healthcare resources that may be available to them.

We're looking forward to seeing you! For further information, e-mail or call Connie: neighbourhealth@gmail.com; 604 798 2023 or visit our website: www.cnhpsociety.com.
 

 

 


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