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