By Proclamation of the Governor, November 13-19, 2022 has been declared Wisconsin Social Isolation & Loneliness Awareness Week.
At one time or another, we all may have experienced loneliness. In some cases it is temporary. But for many older people and people with differing abilities, feeling isolated and lonely is a constant reality.
The Wisconsin Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness (WCESIL) shares ideas on how you can help during this dedicated week and all year long:
- Stopping by, calling, or scheduling a video chat with neighbors or family members
- Connecting with others that share a favorite hobby
- Volunteering with a meaningful organization near you
- Offering a car ride to help with errands or just time out of the house
- Extend an invitation to go on a bike ride if able
If you are a community member or a care professional interested in addressing social isolation and loneliness in your area or organization, the WCESIL is offering two webinars to learn about state and local efforts in “Creating Meaningful Connections” on Tuesdays, November 15 & 17 from 12-1:30pm. For more details, view/print/share this flyer.
The Bike Fed’s Cycling Without Age (CWA) team knows first-hand the value and benefits of sharing a simple bike ride around the neighborhood or through a scenic park. Passengers feel a sense of freedom and joy as they exchange smiles with passersby and chat with their pilot. If you would like to start a CWA program in your organization or community, or become a trained volunteer pilot, please visit our CWA webpage for more information. If you have follow-up questions, please complete the “Inquiries” form on the “Overview” page and we will be in touch.
Thank you for your thoughtful efforts to help make a difference in someone’s life November 13-19 and beyond. Please consider sharing this story with friends, family, and colleagues. We are happy to introduce new programs and opportunities, and appreciate your support.