Social connection influences our quality of life and wellbeing so much that the negative effects of social isolation have been compared to smoking in terms of its impact on our health!
The second annual Seniors’ Health and Wellness Forum, presented by Age Friendly Edmonton, will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 St.) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Forum will feature presentations and panel discussions on health, wellness, and social supports vital to healthy ageing, including a presentation by PEGASIS (Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors) on how to address a range of factors that may lead to social isolation as we age.
Sessions for the Forum have been developed with the Thinking About Your Future: Plan now to Age in Place checklist, produced by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors, as a framework to identify the most appropriate information and topics for seniors to consider. An entire section of the checklist is dedicated to “My Connections,” which highlights the importance of drawing on social networks and remaining connected to the community as we age. The checklist encourages you to think about your social life now, and consider what it will look like when you’re older. Taking these things into consideration now can help provide some direction and control over future changes, which facilitates maintaining health and independence as we age.
All sessions at the Forum will be closed captioned to ensure they are accessible, and participants will also enjoy a free lunch, coffee and tea, and door prizes. If you are unable to attend the event, some sessions from the Forum will be recorded and made available online.
There is no charge to attend the Seniors’ Health and Wellness Forum, however registration for general attendance numbers is encouraged. Please call 780-809-8604 to register.
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