Tag Archives: social isolation

AARP Creates ‘Community Connections’ Site to Help Find or Start Mutual Aid Groups

AARP has created the Community Connections website to help communities, local organizations, and volunteer groups to stay connected, share ideas, and help those most affected by the Coronavirus. Whether you want to start a group, find a group, or get assistance yourself, the AARP directory can help you connect with people in your community. Continue reading

Access to Amenities Impacts Social Isolation and Sense of Community

Americans who live in closer proximity to community parks, libraries, restaurants, and theaters are more content with their neighborhood, more trusting of others, and less lonely regardless of whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small cities or towns.

This according to a report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) based on their Survey on Community and Society. Continue reading

In Good Company Challenge Announces Winners of 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative joined a group of industry, academic and government partners affiliated with Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging to announce the winners of the In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge, a global competition designed to identify breakthrough solutions to social isolation and loneliness among older adults. Continue reading

Wintermission Competition Accepting Applications to Help Improve Public Life in Winter

8-80 Cities is accepting proposals for Wintermission project partners in three U.S. cities. The organization will support these partners to become national leaders in winter city planning, design, and programming. These cities will become Winter City Vanguards, and work with 8-80 Cities and other partners to:

1. Lead a city-wide conversation about public life and social isolation in winter
2. Implement winter city pilot projects
3. Develop a unique winter city strategy Continue reading

Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older

About one-third of U.S. adults age 45 and older report feeling lonely — and, due to an increased number of aging adults, the number is growing.

A survey by AARP Foundation finds that those who have low income are especially vulnerable. Nearly half of midlife and older adults with annual incomes of less than $25,000 report being lonely. A full 10 million people over the age of 50 live in poverty in the United States. Continue reading

Massachusetts Tech, Innovation, and Aging Service Leaders Launch Global Competition to Improve Healthy Aging and Social Isolation

A global innovation challenge for the improvement of well-being in aging populations was announced today by a group of industry, academic and government partners affiliated with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging.

The In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge seeks to develop breakthrough technologies, community resources and solutions that reduce social isolation and loneliness among older adults. Continue reading