Your Healthy Family

Dec 30, 2013 7:35 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Senior Loneliness

On Christmas Day, an 87-year-old Canon City woman called police.
When the officer got there, he determined she was lonely. So he stayed and talked with her.
It's a tough time to be alone, but unfortunately for many seniors, it's inevitable.
"I think the holidays can be particularly lonely for seniors because they have may have outlived many of their friends, other family members and so they're isolated and alone in that regard," said Lorri Orwig.
Orwig is the chief development officer for Silver Key Senior Services, a local organization that helps seniors year round.
She says the loneliness seniors feel doesn't just happen during the holidays.
"Through our meals on wheels program, people can sign up and they'll have a hot meal delivered to their door on a daily basis, but it's not just the meal that's so appealing to them, it's having a volunteer who delivers that meal to them so they've got somebody who can chat with them and share stories with them, so it's not just the food - it's the companionship that they're experiencing as well," she said.
And having that companionship with volunteers is something seniors look forward to.
She adds, it's also important to know who your neighbors are.
"If you have seniors who live in your neighborhood and maybe you haven't seen them out that much because of the cold weather, you may just want to knock on their door and see if they're doing okay. They may just be waiting for someone to show up and say hello, and chat and share the news of the day with them," she said.
Silver Key also has a case manager who works with the Springs police and fire department when they get calls from seniors.
If you'd like more information about volunteer opportunities, here's a link to their website: http://www.silverkey.org/how-you-can-help
Or you can call: 719-884-2300

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