When an older adult has limited or no contact with others but would prefer more, they are considered socially isolated. Social isolation can lead to loneliness and can impact physical and mental health.
Get & Stay Connected!
Reducing the impact of social isolation among older adults starts in our communities by recognizing the signs of social isolation and learning how to engage with existing resources. There are many services available that play a vital role in reducing social isolation in your community. Opportunities to connect virtually and in person are within reach. We are able to help connect you to those opportunities.
Benefits of Social Engagement
Being socially engaged contributes to a better quality of life for older adults because it can lead to:
- Improved emotional well-being and mental health
- Better health and physical fitness
- Renewed sense of purpose
- Longer life spans
Communities also benefit when older adults are socially engaged because the older adults are able to share valuable knowledge, talent, skills, experience and wisdom when they:
- Use technology to connect to friends and family
- Rekindle creative talents or learn new ones
- Learn something new through classes designed for older adults
- Participate in intergenerational programs in the community
- Serve others through volunteering with local organizations
- Seek part-time work opportunities
- Start their own business