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Prevent Isolation and Loneliness As You Age

Monday, November 21, 2016
by Gwynn Stewart

Campaign to Combat Isolation & Loneliness in Older Americans Launched

An estimated one in five adults over age 50 - at least 8 million - are affected by isolation. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in partnership with AARP, recently launched a campaign and resources to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness affecting millions of older Americans.

By working together-nationally and in communities across the nation-we can make a difference in the lives of so many older Americans who are at risk or suffering today.

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Expand Your Circles: Prevent Isolation & Loneliness
We need social connection to thrive - no matter our age - but recent research shows that the negative health consequences of chronic isolation and loneliness may be especially harmful for older adults. 
  • About 29% of people age 65-plus live alone and twice as many women live alone as men.
  • Almost 50% of older women age 75+ live alone.
  • Older adults who describe themselves as lonely have a
    59% greater risk of functional decline and a 45% greater
    risk of death.


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