Remember how great it was to be included in a group in kindergarten? You couldn’t wait to wake up and play with your playmates? That wonderful feeling of inclusion never goes away. Flash forward seventy years. That feeling is even more important now. Whether we are living independently, in an assisted living environment or with our kids, that contact with another human being, that social element, is important for our well being. What does that have to do with a cup of coffee? Everything! Meeting a friend, sharing stories and being connected to a community gets us out of bed, gives us a reason to keep moving, keeps us laughing and loving. Friends, no matter what age, no matter what capacity are our lifeline.
Elizabeth Ury, LNHA
Adult Care Advocate