From Frank ... Nov 12
While doing some research for an upcoming seminar, I was startled to learn a surprising fact about social isolation. Experts tell us that, “social isolation significantly increased a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.” A great reminder for all of us about the vitally important role the Village plays in our community as it "creates opportunities for older adults to be actively engaged”.
We are constantly reviewing our programming in an attempt to broaden our audience. You can be a part of that review by sharing your interests and ideas for future programs. If we can find even a handful of members with a similar interest, we will find a way to offer it.
Did you get your Village Directory?
This week we began distributing the Village Directory to all members. It's a great resource you can use to contact other members. If you haven't received one, call us and we'll get one over to you. And don't worry if your name doesn't appear in this edition, we plan to create an addendum in June with new members and updates.
The power of the Directory to connect was on full display this week. Many members came to the Village office at the Broadmoor to pick up their directory, and I had a wonderful time reconnecting with them. My favorite story, however, involves two members who arrived at the same time and realized that they knew each other as undergraduate students! So, you never know what connections will be made or new friendships formed - or renewed! As Maya Angelou wrote, “No one can take the place of a friend, no one.”
Together, let’s combat isolation and loneliness by reaching out, undertaking an activity, engaging with someone new, welcoming a new member, or simply being a friendly voice or listening ear to another. Don’t deny others of the gift of yourself!
As a reminder, all of our programs can be viewed online by clicking on “calendar” on our website at www.CWPV.org
Frank Finamore is Executive Director of the Village