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Peers for Productive Aging

Oasis Peers for Productive Aging helps older adults cope better with life's transitions and reconnect with their community. One of the greatest challenges of retirement and later life is a decline in social support as older adults begin to lose touch with co-workers, friends or family. These life transitions - such as the loss of a spouse, loss of mobility, a move to a new home, and changes in health - can trigger feelings of loss and loneliness, and result in social isolation. 

How peer groups help

Research shows that activity-based, group programs are more effective in reducing feelings of isolation. Since 2006, Oasis has held peer-led discussion groups which have assisted people a who are oping with life transitions. through 45-60 minute sessions, volunteers impact social isolation through inclusive discussions that address emotional, spiritual and physical health. 

Discussions often present opportunists for additional guest speakers or activity ideas. By working with the community, these types of programs can be offered in addition to the peer-led discussion groups and engage new participants in community activities. 

Peer-led discussion groups can be offered anywhere that adults gather including independent living, senior centers and faith-based communities. All that is is needed for a group to be successful is a quiet place with chairs in a circle for talking and listening.

To find a class near you, please call, Emir Kandzetovic at (314) 862-2933 ext.246

 


"I enjoy being with the group. I learn things by being with the group."

-Pauline Smith
Group Participant 


"People develop a more positive outlook just by sharing with each other."

-Mattie Berry
Oasis Group Leader 


 


 

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