How to Avoid Winter Isolation

Doris Visser had a coffee date with her new husband on Wednesday. But for six years, she was a widow living alone on a farm in Crete.

"People can slip and fall, or they get more isolated. Even mentally it's hard on people who shut themselves in for a long period of time," said Doris.

Visser took matters into her own hands to make sure neither she, nor her friends would have to experience that.

"I began to draw people together downtown in Crete for a coffee hour in a setting that they would be comfortable with, just to get them out of the house," said Doris.

Joyce Kubicek from Aging Partners agrees that in winter, checking on loved ones and helping them get out of the house is especially important.

"One option is being in a group like a senior center, informal groups, coffee groups, or that somebody checks with them regularly - a neighbor or family members," said Kubicek.

Kubicek recommends that anyone with friends or family members living alone try to check in every so often.

"So that if they're not able, someone will know that and can go and help them out," said Kubicek.

She adds if you think something might be wrong it's always a good idea to have a plan in place, whether that is someone to check on your family member or in extreme circumstances, having police do a wellness check.

While Visser keeps an eye on her friends, she appreciates those she knows check in on her.

"There's a sense of belonging, somebody cares about you, and somebody cares about me," said Doris.

"I have a life alert that I wear because I also move three acres by myself, and my children do not live nearby so they do call and check on me."

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