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Have you heard of "social prescribing"?

Social prescribing is a program available to seniors throughout B.C. It is like a matchmaking service for seniors and community-based service providers.

Here's how it works: doctors or healthcare providers refer senior patients to a community-based Social Prescribing program. The senior then works with a "Community Connector" to link them with non-clinical services available in their community. These programs support the senior with their health and wellness needs such as physical activity, nutrition, social connection, and independence.


In BC, these programs are funded by the United Way and there are 19 social prescribing programs around the province. Here are a few in my community:


Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam & Port Moody):

- provided by Share Family & Community Services


Surrey

- provided by Seniors Come Share Society


Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

- provided by Community Services


New Westminster

- provided by Share Family & Community Services


If needed, I am able to help you find a social prescribing program in your community. Get in touch today!


Take care,

Christine

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