Chats Program for older Tasmanians
The Chats Program aims to help you to improve your health, happiness and confidence and reduce any feelings of loneliness or isolation.
We help you to strengthen your connections to your local community by providing opportunities for you to attend activities, have fun and build new friendships that extend beyond Chats.
- an opportunity to receive a weekly social phone call
- a monthly newsletter
- a variety of regular and one-off activities for you to attend
- assistance with transport to activities, if you need this
- individual support if you are finding it difficult to reconnect socially
- the opportunity to volunteer with Chats, if you would like to be more involved
You can join Chats if you are living independently and are at risk of loneliness and isolation, and:
- Aged 65 and over (and have been assessed by MyAgedCare), or
- Aged 50 and over and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (and have been assessed by MyAgedCare), or
- You are aged 60 to 64.
Simply contact your local Chats office for advice and assistance on the next steps.
- Chats South - 6282 1555
- Chats North - 6334 4430
- Chats North West - 6424 6547
- Download our June 2018 Chats South (Hobart) Newsletter by clicking anywhere here
- Download our May 2018 Chats South (Hobart) Newsletter by clicking anywhere here
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- Download the March 2018 Chats South (Hobart) Newsletter by clicking anywhere here
Did you know?
Loneliness and social isolation can increase the likelihood of heart disease or stroke. This risk has been compared to that of light smoking and obesity.
Source: Valtorta NK, Kanaan M, Gilbody S, et al Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies Heart Published Online First: 18 April 2016. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2015-308790
Studies have shown that being lonely or isolated can disrupt sleep, impact the immune system, increase blood pressure and is closely linked to depression.
Source: Mushtaq R, Shoib S, Shah T, Mushtaq S. Relationship Between Loneliness, Psychiatric Disorders and Physical Health ? A Review on the Psychological Aspects of Loneliness. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : JCDR. 2014;8(9):WE01-WE04. doi:10.7860/JCDR/2014/10077.4828.
Those who suffer from loneliness have a 64% greater risk of dementia.
Source: Holwerda TJ, Deeg DJH, Beekman ATF, et al Feelings of loneliness, but not social isolation, predict dementia onset: results from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly (AMSTEL) J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2014;85:135-142.