Social connections play an important role in our health and well-being. Having social connections provides us with opportunities to share information, learn about new things, cope with life stresses, and share a laugh.
If you are an adult aged 55 or older who lives in Halton and want to increase your social connections, call our Connection Specialist at (905) 844-2299. You can provide us with your information using our referral form or you can make a referral for an older adult who is interested in our services.
- Sometimes a friendly “hello” can brighten someone’s day.
- Learn to say “hello” in different languages.
- Check-in with an older adult over the phone and ask about their day
- Take notice when an older adult wants to chat or ask questions.
- Take the time to listen when an older adult speaks and reaches out.
- Ask an older adult to join you for a chat and cup of tea.
- Invite an older adult to go on a walk or sit with you in your local park.
- Invite an older adult to share a meal with you.
- Set up regular times to visit with friends and family.
- Offer transportation for an older adult by taking them to appointments.
- Offer to run errands with an older adult or offer to errands for them.
- Take part in an event or activity together.
- Drop off meals or offer to cook together.
- Offer to help with technology like smart phones, computer or laptop, internet connection, email, taking photos, making a video, etc.
Learn about resources and services
- Learn about programs and services that are available in the area for older adults and share the information.
- If you are part of an organization or community group, consider offering information and resources that help support social connections for older adults.
- Volunteer with an organization or group that provides services for older adults.
- Learn about volunteer opportunities for older adults, like the Senior Connector program.
- Learn about social isolation and build skills to better support older adults by participating in our free LITE Education.