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Well Connected provides companionship to older adults by phone

Written by Diane Archer

Well Connected, a free program launched by Covia, a nonprofit organization that promotes positive aging, offers phone and online companionship to older adults. It aims to address social isolation and improve people’s physical and mental health.

The data suggest that having people to talk to and engaging in social activities improves your health and extends your life. Buddies can provide mental, physical, emotional, social and psychological support that many older adults, particularly those living alone, are lacking. Indeed, even casual buddies, people you may not know well, but with whom you are in regular contact, can improve your health.

Through Well Connected, people can participate in group conversations on a wide range of topics seven days a week. Topics include everything from advocacy to religion, just plain conversation, books, health and wellness. There are more than 20 pages of options listed in the Well Connected catalogue.

Group discussions are usually no larger than 12 people. And, there’s always a facilitator. People from all backgrounds and all parts of the country come together on the call. The goal is to provide a venue for mutual support, where participants can learn from and support one another.

Calls are free of charge–there’s a toll-free number–and last 30 minutes to an hour. If you enjoy the program and want to participate on multiple calls, you can join as many sessions as you’d like.

Today, more than 1,500 older adults from 41 states enjoy the benefits of Well Connected. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, you can contact Covia at 877.797.7299, or coviaconnections@covia.org

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