Isolation: The Wolf at Our Door
First United Methodist Church, 6001 Germantown Ave
Sunday, May 6, 2:30 – 5:00
As we age, we may experience or become isolated. We lose friends or family members who move or pass away. We may not feel well and find it more difficult to get out of the house or just get less involved in everyday activities outside the home. Why should we be concerned about isolation? How do we recognize it in ourselves and others? What opportunities are there for us to address isolation?
These and other questions will be discussed in a lively discussion/forum led by three experts in gerontology and psychotherapy on how isolation negatively impacts the aging process and what we can do about it.
Lois Evans and Neville Strumpf, Emerita Professors at the Penn School of Nursing, collaborated to improve standards of care of the elderly in the US and abroad. They conducted groundbreaking research that led to reduced use of restraints on frail elders in nursing homes and hospitals. Now retired, these gerontology experts are contemplating the “best” approach to ensure their own vitality in later life.
Claudia Apfelbaum, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializes in marriage and family therapy and leads a group for elders on Overcoming Isolation.
The program will include exhibits and wellness activities. Refreshments will be served.
This Forum is part of an ongoing series on dealing with the issues confronting individuals as they age. The forum is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact the Weavers Way Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-843-2350, ext 118.
Presented by the NW Coalition for Healthy Aging – East Falls Village, Mt. Airy USA, Northwest Village Network, Ralston My Way, UUH Outreach Program, and Weavers Way Coop.