Social Call 8-15-2019

Joe Keegan

This is the story of two Oakmont residents who met and became friends through a new group named Social Call.

Bill (not his real name) moved to Oakmont many years ago with his wife, yet sadly she has passed away. He has always been active in clubs and organizations in Oakmont, but now he finds it difficult to get out to these meetings. He feels like he has a lot of life experience to share, and wants to reach out to the community as he’s done in the past. He wanted to meet someone to just talk with, yet wasn’t sure how to connect.

Joe and his wife moved to Oakmont recently and enjoy meeting people. He has joined a few clubs and gotten involved in new activities here. He is interested in making more friends and learning about the Oakmont of the past and how it has evolved over the years.

Social call brings together neighbors like these within Oakmont, for conversation and friendship, and like many of the activities here, can be very beneficial to both parties.

It’s been scientifically proven that social interaction improves mental and physical health in all age groups beginning in childhood. The benefits of consistent socializing include better brain function, and an improved immune system for everyone involved.

When you invest time and energy in connecting with others, you are investing in yourself.

Bill and Joe’s collaboration and engagement with each other has led to increased happiness for both of them.

Here is a quote from these new Oakmont friends. “As we have gotten to know each other, we both are amazed by how much we have in common. Both of us were born in San Francisco and both were born to mothers from England. Although we were born twenty years apart, we had an instant connection. Learning about each other’s lives has taken us through a very interesting journey of conversations. This budding friendship has both of us looking forward to our weekly meeting. Another commonality is that we each have a dog that we love to spoil.”

This is a win/win for both of these new friends and this could be you too. Feeling more connected to others adds fun to your years. Don’t overlook the benefits of the Social Call program. Embrace them!

For more info, please contact Casey O’Neill, Program Manager, phone 415-535-7741, email coneill@covia.org

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