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RISE to connect with seniors


February 17, 2017

RISE to connect with seniors

On Sunday, February 19, residents are encouraged to brighten the day of a senior by spending quality time together, as part of the national RISE campaign. 

The goal of the Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere (RISE) campaign is to educate Canadians about the possible impact of social isolation and loneliness on older family members, friends, and neighbours.  Simple gestures such as a phone call, meeting for coffee, or visiting a recreation facility can mean a lot to a loved one who may be socially isolated.

There are nearly 9,000 residents over the age of 65 in Strathcona County. The RISE campaign naturally aligns with the County’s recent Community Talk discussion around ensuring the people in Strathcona County feel like they belong and are connected to others. Further information about Community Talk is available online or by calling 780-464-4044.

Social isolation is a health risk that often gets worse during the winter months. Frigid temperatures, icy sidewalks and snow make many of us want to retreat and stay inside.

More 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