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ELDER & ISOLATION: The Silent Disease

Florence Filberg Centre (Conference Hall, upstairs)
Tuesday, June 25th, 2024, 1:30 – 3 pm

As we age and are no longer in the workforce, we may be at a greater risk of isolation. Perhaps our health has deteriorated and we can no longer engage in our usual social or recreation activities; our spouse, family member or dear friend has died and we become depressed; our income has dropped drastically; we’ve had to move and have lost our connection with our long-time neighbours – any of these common situations can lead to loneliness and isolation.

With multiple perspectives, from their personal and professional experience, our six panelists will discuss local health and counselling resources, medical effects of isolation, personal experience, loneliness at home and in long term care, provincial programs addressing isolation as well as local services and supports.

Please join us for this vital community conversation. Admission is by donation to cover costs.

Darren Saare: Social Worker with Island Health.
Nettie Harland: Retired teacher who relocated to Courtenay.
Dr. Patricia Murphy: GP & gerontologist, the prevalence of isolation and its medical effects.
Alison van Schie: Seniors’ consultant supporting individuals and families.
Bobby Symes: Director at Healthy Aging, Community Impact & Investments with United Way.
Rob Burr: Retired Activity Aide and long term care volunteer.


Elders Take Action
Hornby Denman Health / Comox Valley Better at Home
Comox Valley Senior Support Society

For more information please contact: Jennifer Pass at 250-334-2321 or