“Emotional Wellness: Overcoming Isolation & Making Connections” was held on Saturday, October 3rd at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. A total of 38 community members attended the Conversation and learned about ways to overcome feelings of isolation, improve their mental health, and nurture connections to their communities and to others in their lives.

A four-person panel of social workers, therapists, and aging services providers presented information on the different facets of emotional wellness, emphasizing ways to access community resources and to build and maintain connections.

Click here to watch the full program in our video library.

“Emotional Wellness: Overcoming Isolation & Making Connections” was presented by the LGBT Elder Initiative and sponsored by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Support for this Conversation was provided by the Philadelphia Gay News and the videography of Peter Lien.

RESOURCES:

Isolation

Combating Social Isolation among LGBT Older Adults
http://www.kendalathome.org/blog/combating-social-isolation-among-lgbt-older-adults

AARP: 7 Things to Know About Isolation
http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/isolation/info-2012/7-facts-about-social-isolation.html

AARP: How Social Isolation Can Hurt, and How to Fight It
http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/isolation/info-2012/study-effects-social-isolation-research-cacioppo.html

SEPTA Shared Ride Program – Customized Community Transportation (CCT)
http://www.septa.org/service/cct/

Liberty Resources: Know your Rights – Accessible Transportation
http://www.libertyresources.org/resources/transportation.html

CARIE: Transportation Problems Resolution
http://www.carie.org/programs-services/advocacy-services/transportation-problems-resolution/

Depression and Mental Health

Helping a Depressed Person: How to Reach Out and Help Someone While Taking Care of Yourself
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/helping-a-depressed-person.htm

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly: Recognize the Signs and Find Treatment that Works
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-in-older-adults-and-the-elderly.htm

Dealing with Depression: Self-Help and Coping Tips to Overcome Depression
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/dealing-with-depression.htm

Beating the Blues ™: A computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for depression and anxiety
https://www.beatingthebluesus.com/

Talk Space: Online Therapy & Counseling
http://www.talkspace.com/

Philadelphia-based Mental Health Resources:

 

Intimacy and Relationships

American Society on Aging: Sexuality, Intimacy and Aging
http://www.asaging.org/blog/sexuality-intimacy-and-aging-it%E2%80%99s-time-talk

American Society on Aging: The Circles of Sexuality and Aging
http://www.asaging.org/blog/circles-sexuality-and-aging

Safer Sex for Seniors
http://safersex4seniors.org/

Online Dating Safety Tips
http://www.knowthenet.org.uk/knowledge-centre/online-dating-safety-tips

Community Engagement

Senior Centers:

Social Engagement:

Volunteerism: