It is well-documented that social isolation – a persistent national crisis – has severe health ramifications among older adults. Isolation and/or lack of social connection impacts mental, cognitive, and physical health, overall well-being, and longevity. Between 2018 and 2023 persistent isolation, lack of companionship, and infrequent social contact were strongly linked to poorer health among older adults, according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging (NPHA). The good news is that social connection – friendship, companionship, and even cordial interactions between strangers provide a powerful antidote against the ravages of isolation. Come investigate the problem and stay for the solutions we can each implement daily. Presented by Friends & Co, an organization with over 50 years of service dedicated to ending isolation among older adults one person at a time.
Presenter: Georgia Afton, Community Outreach Director, Friends & Co