I am walking in honor of my mother Annette Winiker. She is blessed to have her family close by, but not everyone is so lucky.
The Epidemic of Elder Isolation
Social isolation and loneliness hurt the heart and soul of seniors. Elder isolation is now considered an epidemic, with the health dangers equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
This is unacceptable. You can lead the way to help end this growing problem in Boston.
Please support me by walking with me or donating to my team.
Walk starts: 10 a.m.
Registration opens: 9 a.m.
Gather at Rogerson House,434 Jamaicaway
The Walk to End Elder Isolation on May 19, 2019 will raise awareness and funds for FriendshipWorks’ programs, making sure that seniors have the support they need to age with dignity and social connection.
Over the last decade, research has been proving what we have known anecdotally for the last 30+ years: elder isolation is a serious health problem, leading to high risk for falls, heart disease, infections depression, and cognitive decline. Participating in community and enjoying social connections are essential to physical and mental health for all of us, but especially elders.
FriendshipWorks improves the lives of isolated elders by matching them with dedicated and compassionate volunteers, who offer companionship, short-term assistance, and medical escorts to their elderly neighbors. Additionally, the PetPals, MusicWorks and Relaxation through the Arts programs share the joys of pets, music, and poetry.