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RISE to connect with seniors


February 11, 2016

RISE to connect with seniors

Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere (RISE), is a national campaign that aims to combat loneliness or social isolation that may be experienced by seniors. 

On the weekend of February 21, residents are being asked to brighten the day of a senior in their life - a parent, a friend, a neighbour, a relative.  Ideas include phone calls, meeting for coffee, visiting a recreation facility.

The objective of the RISE campaign is to help Canadians of all ages, cultures and regions become aware of the impact of loneliness and social isolation on older family members, friends and neighbours – and to take action.

About a million Canadian seniors say they are lonely and have limited social activity. For most of them, this feeling of loneliness worsens as winter drags on and they feel trapped inside by icy sidewalks and cold weather.  It is especially hard for those without family or friends nearby or who no longer have a driver's licence. 

For information on senior supports and programming available in Strathcona County or call Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044 

Further information about the RISE campaign , including details on risk factors/indicators of social isolation.

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595