What's New at Neighborhood
From the Desk of NF Director Susan Loucks
We had a terrific Tenth Anniversary Ice Cream Social at the Flying Bridge in September. Many of NF’s original working group was present to celebrate the important work Neighborhood Falmouth does for Seniors in our community, and all the hard work they did to create the organization. And… we ate lots of ice cream!
Executive Director Susan Loucks attended the National Village to Village conference recently and learned about many ways Villages are making communities stronger and helping even the most frail Seniors. Neighborhood Falmouth hopes to incorporate some of these ideas, particularly around outreach to the very lonely in our community.
It has been reported that loneliness and isolation are at epidemic levels here in the US and across the globe. And while loneliness correlates to increased medical disorders such as increased chronic disease, dementia, hospital visits, depression, and much more, loneliness cannot be “cured” by a doctor. But the social and community connections that are created by Villages can have a meaningful impact on a Senior’s quality of life.
We knew what we were doing was life changing, but even we underestimated the life-affirming aspects of our work. And besides, we love our members!