An estimated 1 in 5 adults over the age of 50 are affected by isolation, according to the AARP Foundation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states older adults are at increased risks for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss. Crow Wing Energized and the Aging Coalition are working to combat isolation by providing opportunities for residents to improve their physical and mental health.

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Cabin Fever Bingo was designed to help you work on improving your overall health and well-being. Some of the activities can be completed quickly while other squares will take a little longer. Examples include: Send a thank you to an essential worker; or, complete/update your health care directive.

From Jan. 18 to March 19, three numbers will be ‘called out’ and posted on crowwingenergized.org and our Facebook page; you can also call or text Wellness in the Woods at 218-296-2067 to get the numbers. Traditional Bingo (five in a row) will be eligible for prize drawings and a blackout eligible for a grand prize.

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There are three ways to get your Bingo cards: Online — simply download your card from our website: crowwingenergized.org. If you do not have access to a computer, you can still participate. You can pick up a packet at Brainerd Family YMCA, Cub Foods in Brainerd or Baxter; Hallett Center in Crosby; Crosslake Community Center; or Supervalu in Pequot Lakes. You can ask that a packet be mailed by calling Northern Lakes Assisted Living at 218-454-2121 and ask for Angelique Hayes to request a packet.

If you are currently feeling socially isolated and are dealing with chronic loneliness, reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors. In addition, you may want to reach out to your primary physician and explain how you feel. Recognizing that you feel isolated or that you’re having trouble maintaining a social network that meets your needs is the first step to improving your quality of life. No matter our age, we need social connections to thrive.

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There are three ways to get your Bingo cards by going online, by picking one up at participating venues or calling to have one mailed to you. Submitted photo
There are three ways to get your Bingo cards by going online, by picking one up at participating venues or calling to have one mailed to you. Submitted photo