The ETC. Program: Engage, Thrive, Connect

Social isolation is a proven risk factor for major illnesses, including dementia, heart disease, stroke, mental illness and even premature death. According to the CDC, the negative health effects of loneliness compares to a 15 cigarette per day smoking habit. But good news! This risk factor is changeable and help is available in Westlake for those who are aged 50 or more.

In partnership with Cleveland Clinic Avon and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospitals, Westlake’s Community Services is unveiling their exciting new wellness solution. ETC., an acronym that stands for Engage/Thrive/Connect is a program for older adults who are less social than they would like and who want to improve their overall health and wellness.

The Plus 50 population is more vulnerable to social isolation in part, due to increased losses, health problems and issues with mobility, vision and hearing. According to a recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2020 nearly 25% of adults over age 65 are considered socially isolated. Two pandemic years later, this statistic may very well have risen.

What is ETC. and what does it have to offer?

Come tour our center and you will agree that it is a wellness spa for people over aged 50. We offer free as well as low-cost classes and wellness programs to enrich your mind, body and spirit, as well as recreational and social opportunities to connect and meet new people. If you sign up for this year long program, you will receive 1:1 and group coaching to help keep you engaged, when you call to make an appointment with one of our ETC. coaches you will receive an orientation to our facility and program offerings, complete a one paged Adult Well-Being Assessment AWA (published by the National Council on Aging) which you will complete again at the ½ way point, and again at the end of the year-long program. Our staff will assist you in identifying an individualized participation plan to meet your wellness goals. Your participation is voluntary and dictated by you. There are no obligations. Call to make an appointment with one of our ETC coaches today at 440-899-3544. You do not have to be a Westlake resident to join, just someone over aged 50 who would like to have more social opportunities and feel better overall. Call soon so that you can be invited to our kick-off breakfast prepared by our very own Chef Garrett on July 14.

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