Community Table Holiday Luncheon a Success!

We are happy to report that our December “Community Table” holiday luncheon held at Gregg’s Restaurant in Warwick was well attended and based on the feedback, everyone had a wonderful time! About 24 people came to enjoy a tasty lunch and a delicious dessert while meeting new people and learning about activities and programs for older adults in Rhode Island.

Lively conversations at the Age-Friendly Community Table lunch

Sharing a laugh (Left to right)- Anne Connor of Providence Village, Kathy Givens of The Lighthouse at Lincoln, Cheryl Ferreira of Elmhurst Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, and Jody Shue, Executive Director of Age-Friendly RI.

Age-Friendly RI’s Community Table brings together older Rhode Islanders by organizing a meal together at restaurants throughout the state for the sole purpose of enjoying good food and conversation with new and old friends. It’s a welcoming event where people who want to meet others or see friends can gather in a friendly environment for an enjoyable and affordable meal. There is an abundance of research that indicates staying active socially helps seniors remain connected and contributing to their community. Community table is a simple, practical, and fun way to promote this idea. Stay tuned for information about our next Community Table.

Ed Pacheco, Executive Director of Rhode Island College Foundation and Dale Venturini, President of Rhode Island Hospitality Association.

Anne Connor (L) of Providence Village, a non-profit that helps seniors stay in their homes, chats with Joan G (R) who recently moved to RI. Joan left armed with information about activities, transportation options, and a huge slice of Gregg’s cake.

Many thanks to the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and Gregg’s Restaurants & Taverns for their partnership to produce this event.