October 6, 2020 – Loneliness is sometimes a fact of modern life: more than three in five Americans reported feeling lonely in a poll by Cigna Insurance in January of 2020. This situation is made more challenging lately by the enforced isolation of COVID-19. And loneliness can affect our physical and emotional health, by increasing stress, altering brain function, increasing risk of heart problems and stroke, triggering depression and suicidal thoughts, and causing or worsening substance abuse.

This Friday, October 9, from 12:30-2pm, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Nevada, Sutter and Yuba Counties in partnership with the Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County will launch the third in the 2020 Our Community Aging and Disability Conference Webinar series “Social and Emotional Wellbeing”.

This Friday’s webinar will feature Priya Kannall, Mental Health Services Act Coordinator for Nevada County, and Maureen Gerecke, Friendly Visitor Coordinator at FREED. They will discuss the health risks associated with loneliness and isolation and will provide tools for getting connected. Participants will learn about the “Let’s Talk Nevada County” program and other resources, both local and online, that can be accessed to help improve connection to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second webinar in the series, presented on October 16th will feature Anastacia Knight, MSW, Community Social Outreach with the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Diane Miessler, RN, Nevada County Senior Outreach. This webinar will explore how to deal with emotions as we try to adhere to public health recommendations for social distancing. This webinar will cover depression; what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

The third webinar in the series, presented on October 23rd will dive into online resources for exploring existing interests, learning new skills, traveling to new destinations, playing games, making new friends, listening to music, storytelling, sharing new experiences virtually and more. All webinars are from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.

For additional information and to register for these and future workshops, call FREED at 530-477-3333 or 530-742-4474 or register online through the FREED website: www.FREED.org/ADRC/

Please join us and get connected!