Services helping Clark County seniors reconnect
While these precautions can take a mental toll on residents, Ingroum said Timberline staff worked hard to give people the opportunity to be social and stay busy. He said his room was always clean and he felt well taken care of. Ingroum said he liked the way staff checked on him to “keep his spirits up”. Most of the time, he’s fine on his own, he said, as long as the door is left open so he can chat with neighbors and staff.
Other community programs are also getting involved to help aging adults feel more connected. Cass Freedland, chairman of the Clark County Commission on Aging, said the commission has had fireside chats with various local and national experts about what they’re seeing, particularly regarding adults aging as a result. of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The commission’s objective for 2022 is called “Innovation through connection”. It focuses on connecting people to resources, information and each other on a personal level. Some topics include food and nutrition, transportation, and communication needs.
After sending out a survey and receiving 425 responses earlier this year, Freedland said many aging adults in Clark County said they felt isolated and struggled, especially as a result of the pandemic. .
“We knew many other members of our community felt disconnected as well,” Freedland said. “Many aging adults don’t really feel comfortable with technology or don’t have access to a computer. So we decided that we were going to really dive into how we connect with each other.