MOULTRIE, Ga. — For most people, Valentine’s Day represents a time to celebrate love with romantic partners, friends and family. But for some – especially older adults – many feel lonely across the U.S. around the holiday.
According to research from AARP, 1 in 5 older adults in the U.S. feel isolated. Eighty-two percent of older adults say they would rather spend Valentine’s Day with someone, and nonmarried adults 50 years and older who are not in romantic relationships are more likely to feel alone when thinking about Valentine’s Day.
To combat loneliness this Valentine’s Day, PruittHealth – Sunrise, PruittHealth – Magnolia Manor and PruittHealth – Moultrie are asking the Moultrie community to send cards and flowers to the facility to ensure no resident feels lonely.
“At PruittHealth, we treat everyone like a part of our family,” said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., chairman and CEO of PruittHealth. “On Valentine’s Day – and every day – we strive to make sure our patients feel loved and a part of a community. Unfortunately, for some of our residents, their loved ones have passed on or aren’t always able to visit. This is why we’re asking for the community’s help in making sure all our residents feel the love this Valentine’s Day.”
Through a simple act of kindness, PruittHealth hopes to improve the health and well-being of older adults in the community. As a family-owned organization celebrating 50 years of service, it is the goal of PruittHealth to collect as many cards for residents to ensure they feel loved this Valentine’s Day.
Cards and flowers can be sent to the following:
• PruittHealth Sunrise, 2709 South Main St, Moultrie, GA 31768.
• PruittHealth – Magnolia Manor, 3003 Veterans Pkwy South, Moultrie, GA 31788.
• PruittHealth – Moultrie, 233 Sunset Cir, Moultrie, GA 31768.
The project is similar to one the homes held at Christmastime that encouraged people in the community to send Christmas cards and letters to residents.