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MEDIA RELEASE | Community Connects in Isolation

Connecting with others can be hard to come by with current COVID-19 physical distancing in place, particularly for those who are living on their own. Injury Matters has launched Community Connect to keep older Western Australians connected and reduce social isolation during this unique period.

Community Connect is a free and easy to join connection program for older adults living across Western Australia.

Community Connect links members with like-minded people in the WA community for a free chat. Each month, members will be connected with another person from WA who has joined the program to share stories, activities, and create a positive connection.

Injury Matters volunteer, Annette said, “Staying connected is becoming difficult during these challenging times, however, now more than ever, we need to keep socially and emotionally connected.”

“Something as simple as a chat can boost your mood and improve your day. I am an avid reader and love sharing book ideas. Hearing from my fellow choir members discussing what we’re singing during the lock down, really does make my day!” Annette said.

Connecting is easy, simply use email, phone or video call, such as FaceTime or Skype.

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade said, “With restrictions on outings, visitors and family gatherings, our older community are affected by the physical distancing regulations. It can feel lonely, and this program is designed to bridge that gap.”

Anyone can register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S5T85PZ.  “Staying connected to others and making new friends reduces social isolation which not only improves mental health but can also help to prevent falls,” said Ms Meade.

Injury Matters provides free resources, information and support for older adults through the Stay On Your Feet® program. To find out more ways to Improve Your Health while at home contact 1300 30 35 40 or visit stayonyourfeet.com.au. You can find a range of resources and how-to’s to keep help your mental and physical safety at www.stayonyourfeet.org.au or by calling 1300 30 35 40.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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