Common Myths About Older Persons

To enhance my skills in working with older persons, I’ve recently started an online course in gerontology. In the first of 11 modules, I was reminded about the common stereotypes that many people have about seniors. But before we try to influence others, first check our own assumptions and beliefs. How many of the below […]

The UnLonely Project

Recently I became aware of the UnLonely Project from the Foundation for Art and Healing, which is intended to: raise awareness of loneliness as a significant health problem and promote artistic expression as an approach to alleviate it. offer tools, resources and programs to reduce loneliness through creative approaches stimulate further research into how loneliness […]

Org Profile – Selfhelp Community Services

(This is the second of a series of posts profiling senior services nonprofits which are helping older persons to live active, engaged lives.) Most of us who interact with seniors understand how challenging it can be as we have an increasingly smaller circle of family and friends as we grow older.   Fortunately, many resources are […]

Reducing Isolation for Seniors

As I’ve observed from some of my own family members, many seniors  can easily become socially isolated from others and from the community.  This can be due to: declining health, life transitions, ageism in society and lack of access to transportation / services.  Risk of loneliness also increases if you don’t have a spouse or […]