SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS OUTREACH TOOLKIT
“Older adults are at higher risk for social isolation and loneliness due to changes in health and social connections that can come with growing older, hearing, vision, and memory loss, disability, trouble getting around, and/or the loss of family and friends.”
“Social isolation and loneliness are different, but related. Social isolation is the lack of social contacts and having few people to interact with regularly. Loneliness is the distressing feeling of being alone or separated. It’s possible to feel lonely while among other people, and you can live alone and not feel lonely or socially isolated.”
Social isolation and loneliness can be harmful to the physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional health of older adults.
The National Institute on Aging aims to increase awareness of senior social isolation and loneliness and to provide solutions for older adults to stay connected with each other, caregivers, and health care providers.
The National Institute on Aging provides solutions to prevent senior social isolation and loneliness, suggestions include older adults:
· Find an activity they enjoy, restart an old hobby, or take a class to learn something new.
· Schedule time each day to stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbors in person, by email, social media, voice call, or text
· Use communication technologies such as video chat, smart speakers, or even companion robots to help keep you engaged and connected.
· Sign up for an online or in-person class at your local public library or community center to help you learn how to use email or social media.
· Adopt a pet as animals can be a source of comfort and may also lower stress and blood pressure.
· Stay physically active and include group exercise, such as joining a walking club or working out with a friend.
· Introduce themselves to neighbors.
· Find a faith-based organization and engage with others in activities and events.
· Check out resources and programs at local social service agencies, community and senior centers, and public libraries.
· Join a cause and get involved their community.
Elderly Depression & Mental Health Programs
Elderly Suicide Prevention Programs
WATCH VIDEO ON SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS OUTREACH TOOLKIT