Executive Director James Falvey Presents at Conference
The Minnesota Gerontological Society convened their annual conference on Friday, April 27, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park. The theme for this year's conference was Wellness Agenda: Healthy Communities. Healthy You. James Falvey, LBFE Executive Director, and Julie Roles, Program Director at Vital Aging Network, co-presented a session that focused on Enhancing Wellness for Older Adults through Community Networks.
As you know,
community-based networks help older adults enhance their health, independence, and connectedness to their communities.
By volunteering with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, you help ensure that even the most isolated and lonely older adults are connected to caring individuals and to their communities.
After a lively discussion, Senior Services providers attending the session were challenged by the presenters to discover how they might infuse neighbor-to-neighbor connections into the services and programs they are already providing for elders. For example, chore service volunteers might come in to an elder's home for a cold glass of lemonade and some warm conversation after finishing their work, or volunteers who deliver groceries could maybe stay awhile and talk about some new recipes for elders to try. Just a little connection goes a long way!