ROCKPORT — Experts have called social isolation among older adults a silent epidemic, with millions suffering its effects worldwide. But is loneliness an inevitable consequence of growing older? Or can it be prevented?
Quarry Hill, Penobscot Shores, MaineHealth Care at Home, and AARP Maine have joined forces to address this urgent concern by organizing “Looking at Loneliness Through a New Lens,” an educational symposium
geared toward interested adults age 50-plus.
The program is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Penobscot Bay YMCA, in Rockport.
Reaching beyond the stigma sometimes associated with aloneness, the multimedia, panel-facilitated presentation, will shed light on the growing problem of loneliness: how to recognize it, how to prevent it, and what to do about it once it takes hold.
The morning will include plenty of time to share perspectives, ask questions, learn about resources available locally and collect literature to take home.
Admission, including a buffet-style continental breakfast, will be free, but prior registration is required by contacting Quarry Hill at 301-6116 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information is also available at www.quarryhill.org.
Quarry Hill is an extended-care retirement community for adults age 55-plus. It is a member of the Pen Bay Medical Center family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Pen Bay Physicians & Associates and the Knox Center.