“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Assisted Living

Assisted LivingSeniors may remember this hit song from 1960. Can you remember the artist? The song may bring back pleasant memories of happy days past, but the fact is that loneliness is not a happy or enjoyable situation. It is a health problem.
The May 21 edition of Scientific American Magazine published an article on this subject titled, “A Solution for Loneliness.

“Loneliness is rampant, and it’s killing us—literally. Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk for developing a range of physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and depression. This is a public health problem that needs to be addressed on a wide scale.”

We know that seniors are at very high risk for loneliness and the conditions that may follow. The Scientific American (a very prestigious and trusted source) had a suggestion for doing away with loneliness – get out and VOLUNTEER.
There are abundant opportunities to volunteer your time and talent in almost any community. In the Volusia-Flagler area, the city of Daytona Beach is honored to be the home of the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services. The Braille and Talking Books Library offers an ideal way for residents to be of service. If you like to work with your hands, volunteers are needed to help refurbish digital players. Are you good with clerical tasks? Help with labeling and mass mailings. If you like working on the computer, review audio books and magazines produced in the Recording Studio. Native Spanish speakers are urgently needed to review in Spanish! Volunteer opportunities do change, so please call 800-226-6075 to ask about current openings and find more information.
We’ll mention other volunteer options in the future, but right now, here is an OurSeniors Family friend that can help seniors beat the lonely bug:

  • The City of Daytona Leisure Services Department. The City of Daytona Beach has four recreation centers, all providing programs and activities. (Click The City of Daytona Leisure Services Department). Many are especially for our seniors. The Schnebly Recreation Center has exercise classes suited especially for seniors, a monthly luncheon & field trip, fitness room, game room, quilting, arts & crafts, and even more indoor activities. It also has two new pickle ball courts for everyone’s (including seniors) enjoyment!
    Phone 386-210-7690
    Peggy Schnebly Recreation Center
    1101 North Atlantic Ave
    Peggy Schnebly Center Driving Directions

The OurSeniors,net Family cares about this issue because it is so vitally important to seniors. Volunteering is a wonderful way to enrich senior life, and participation in the activities created especially for seniors at the Schnebly Recreation Center keeps our 55+ and senior friends active and engaged in life. For information about any senior-related need, you may contact an OurSeniors.net Advisor by phone at 866-333-2657 (se habla Español), or by using Contact Us. Check out our website at Ourseniors.net and take an online look at our senior living magazine, OurSeniors.net Magazine.
Have a great day! By the way, you can see that OurSeniors absolutely had the best music by clicking “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”.

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