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Website helps seniors stay socially connected during pandemic

Posted at 9:17 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 09:44:51-04

CLEVELAND — Call your mom, dad, grandpa, grandma or auntie and tell them about this. There is a special place for them to stay connected during the stay-at-home order in Ohio.

It is a website called wethrivetogether.org. It is open to all ages, but their focus is people 50 and older.

You can browse a list of free, online programming and activities.

There are support groups, bingo, trivia, and presentations on topics like gardening.

The director says it’s to help people feel socially connected now, and in the months ahead.

“Seniors were feeling isolated before Covid-19,” said Steve Pelton, director. “Unfortunately, even when the stay-home order is lifted, it’s still going to take a little while before people feel comfortable going back to do the things they would’ve done previously.”

They use the web-conferencing service Zoom.

But you don’t need an internet-ready device to participate. You can call-in on your phone, too. The number to call is 440-478-5640.

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