Studies show declining mental health can lead to a range of chronic diseases. Coexisting mental and physical conditions can diminish quality of life and lead to lingering illness duration and worse health outcomes. When facing the challenges of social isolation, older adults are particularly vulnerable to rapid declines. Meeting the care needs of detached older adults (55+) in Chatham-Kent who are isolated more so during the COVID-19 pandemic is of utmost importance. The mental wellbeing of the youth of Chatham-Kent is also top of mind during social distancing measures.
Our objective is to combat the mental and physical health effects of social isolation in older adults and the youth of Chatham-Kent alike during this pandemic and beyond. We’re hoping to bring comfort to those who may not have grandchildren or grandparents in an effort to create lifelong relationships.
This project was conceived, developed, and executed in collaboration with CK Public Health, United Way of Chatham-Kent, VON, Gigit, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent, St.Clair Catholic District School Board, Lambton Kent District School Board, Riverview Gardens, and Age-Friendly Chatham-Kent.
This project was Funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Response Fund through the Chatham Kent Community Foundation, in partnership with United Way of Chatham-Kent and the Canadian Red Cross.
This article “About the Cover”
was submitted by:
CK Public Health
435 Grand Avenue West
Chatham, ON, N7M 5L8
Cover Photography by:
Mark Requena Photography
Cover shot features:
Joy Mellow (holding the tablet)
Michelle Robbins and little Layla Bardyla (reading to Joy from the tablet)