Social connection helps us live longer. It protects us from a whole host of health conditions that include dementia, Alzheimer’s, mental health diseases and atrophy of the brain.
The most effective tool to fight isolation and loneliness is meaningful, genuine human interaction. A phone call, a letter or a friendly hello. The seniors of each community have their own unique needs and Meals on Wheels provides customized ways to ensure their clients are not alone.
Meals on Meals America supports a variety of socialization efforts to foster a life-saving sense of purpose and genuine connection to their community. Some of these include:
Not all meaningful connection comes for two-legged friends. A pet can truly change a senior’s life. That is why Meals on Wheels, with the support of PetSmart Charities, works hard to keep seniors and their pets healthy and happy together.
phone call from a volunteer can mean the world to a homebound senior. As importantly, that call can also serve as an important wellness check to keep them safe.
Many Meals on Wheels programs provide their seniors with companionship and friendship beyond the hello at the door with their meal delivery. Those who need a little extra conversation in their lives are set up with volunteers who stop by for a longer visit. That gives them time to have a cup of coffee together, play a game or just get to catch up.
Bringing clients together for a group phone call provides an opportunity to socialize and develop relationships with other participants. Topics range from health education tips to interests of the participants, and some programs use the time for activities like bingo or book cubs.
Handmade Greeting Cards
A heartwarming, homemade card can instantly brighten the day of a senior in need of human connection. Knowing that, volunteers take the time to make cards and write notes that are then delivered to seniors with their meal. It’s not uncommon to see Meals on Wheels clients with their cards hanging on the fridge as a daily reminder that they are not alone.