Maintaining social connections is one of the most important things you can do to support your overall health and well-being. Social connections are especially important for our parents, grandparents and other older adults because the impacts of chronic isolation and loneliness tend to be more serious in older adults.
Research shows that these impacts include depression, cognitive decline, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, a decreased quality of life and an increased risk of premature death. Around 30 percent of Canadian seniors were already at risk of becoming socially isolated before the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s no denying that the pandemic has made social connections even more challenging.
Have you ever skated along an ice trail? Are you up for a nature challenge? Have you heard of Chinook Blast? These are just a few of the free and low-cost City of Calgary activities available to families through The City’s Winter City Strategy.
You spent three years driving your greatly promising son to hockey at 5am three times a week, and now he wants to quit playing hockey. Your daughter is an amazing tennis player, has been chosen to play pro, but would rather stay home and update her TikTok. You know that if your children applied themselves in what they are good at, they would go far, but how do you convince them of that?
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