Phone a friend, urges Sullivan group

SULLIVAN — Age-Friendly Sullivan has received a $1,500 Livable Communities grant from the Maine Community Foundation, supporting expanding services to Sullivan residents. Age-Friendly aims to reduce isolation and depression through a resiliency project, allowing residents to reintegrate back into life after adversity.

“This effort could not be more timely, considering our present circumstances,” according to an announcement of the grant.

Incorporating social support, physical health and self-sufficiency into everyday living can increase resiliency. The group aims to create a “Circle of Friends” that includes every resident of Sullivan. Becoming a part of the Sullivan Circle is very simple — call a friend, have a chat, then ask them to call another friend and repeat the process.

During May, Sullivan residents are encouraged to take part in 30 days of kindness. Reaching out to a neighbor or a loved one with a phone call, card, letter, email, text message or video chat can go a long way towards reducing social isolation. Doing so for 30 days could create a new habit outlasting current circumstances.

Sullivan’s Circle of Friends includes the Friendly Caller program, in which folks make or receive a weekly phone call, and daily calls during storms and power outages. It also includes monthly birthday parties for residents of all ages, once community members can get together again. Until then, Age-Friendly Sullivan is mailing birthday cards to Sullivan residents that the group has birthdates and addresses for. Adding names is easy; email [email protected]

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