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POSTPONED - Friends for Life...Staying Connected As We Age


Wed 03 / 18 / 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Blvd., Bellevue, WA 98007


Free and open to all - Please register below or on the KCLS web page (link included in message below)


Joanne Gainen

Limited Capacity: 23 spots available

NOTE: This program has been postponed indefinitely due to concerns about COVAD-19. In the meantime, we have posted a research summary with links to resources. See also our suggestions for staying connected during this time of uncertainty.
ENN is proud to announce our Partnership Program with KCLS-Bellevue Region. All Partnership Program events will be held at the Lake Hills Library.
Our first event will explore the role of friendship in our lives as we grow older.  Loneliness and isolation are now well-known risk factors in aging. By actively maintaining friendships in our lives, we can enjoy a healthier outlook and greater enjoyment of our later years. 
This will be an interactive session facilitated by Christine Gao and Joanne Gainen. Working together, we will explore the following topics:
  • What are your expectations in friendship?
  • How are friendships different as we age?
  • How do we cultivate new friends while keeping existing friendships fresh?
  • What happens when we lose a good friend?
  • Reflecting on some of your best friendships, what can you learn about yourself?
  • What are some new actions, things you want to do to establish new friendships or generate new life in the existing ones?
Bring your stories, challenges, and questions. 
KCLS registration link:
Our facilitators:

Christine Gao is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with International Coaching Federation (ICF) with over 20+ years of international business and corporate experiences. Christine is recognized for her in-depth knowledge and extensive experience of supporting senior leaders and leadership teams with a focus on enhancing leadership effectiveness, deep collaboration, embracing change and well-being of individuals and organizations as a whole.

Christine has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Peking University in China.  She holds a Master of Global Affairs degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

She resides in Woodridge.

Joanne Gainen is a founder and Board member of the Eastside Neighbors Network. She earned a PhD in Psychology at the University of Washington in 1975 and held academic positions until age 50. Now 73, with many grandchildren  and a sprinkling of great-grandchildren, she enjoys bringing people together to discover their connections and establish new and/or deeper friendships. 

Related reading:

With a Little Help from Our Friends, Beth Baker: Drawing on new research showing the importance of social support to healthy aging and the risks associated with loneliness and isolation, the author encourages the reader to plan for a future with strong connections.  Major chapter on Villages.

Friendship: The Laws of Attraction   

The Science of Making Friends
Our number of friends starts to decrease steadily in adulthood; there are ways to reverse the tide (requires WSJ subscription)
The Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships
Geoffrey Greif · 2008
This is the first of four ENN-KCLS partnership events for 2020. The remaining programs will be held on the following Wednesdays at Lake Hills Library at 10:30 a.m.
May 20
June 17
July 15
Additional programs may be added later in the year.. 
Parking at Lake Hills Library is free. Parking in the surface lot is limited to two hours. Parking for longer visits is available in the underground garage in the green visitor section of the lot.
Library information & map:
Lake Hills Library
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