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By: Christine Wissner, social services manager, LIFE Beaver County
The winter months and cold weather can increase the risk of loneliness in many of us, particularly older adults. Many folks also have increased feelings of anxiety and depression during the cold, dark days of winter. Being alone and feeling isolated also contributes to feelings of loneliness. There could be many reasons for these feelings such as losing your circle of friends, losing your spouse, having a family that is far away, problems with mobility or simply your inability to get out as much as you could during the nicer weather.
Whatever the reason, there is help available through Warmlines. At the other end of the telephone call are compassionate, caring people who want to engage in conversation with you. They are happy to listen and chat with you.
Beaver County (724) 775-9507 or toll free (877) 775-WARM (9276) Hours: 365 days/year from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lawrence County (724) 698-7491 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.
Butler County (724) 431-2488 or toll free 1 (866) 431-2489 Hours: 7 days/week from 6 to 9 p.m.
Allegheny County Toll free 1 (866) 661-WARM (9276) Hours: 365 days/year from 10 a.m. to midnight
National Toll free 1 (800) 971-0016 Hours: 365 days/year from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.