Dr. John T. Cacioppo

With deep sadness, we acknowledge the passing of Dr. John T. Cacioppo, the pioneering psychologist whose research merged psychology and biology into a brand-new field of study: social neuroscience. Dr. Cacioppo literally wrote the book on loneliness. Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, co-authored with William Patrick, explored the physical effects of […]

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter: A Survey About Valentine’s Day and Social Connections Love may be in the air on Valentine’s Day, but just how you feel about the holiday can depend on your age and whether you’re in a relationship. A recent AARP Foundation online survey found that 82 percent of U.S. adults would […]

Volunteering with AARP Foundation - Meal Pack Challenge - Memphis, TN

Here’s a pop quiz: What’s a great way to prevent isolation while also contributing to your community? If you said volunteering, you’re right. Volunteering has physical and mental health benefits. It also increases social connections, boosts self-confidence, reduces stress levels and decreases the risk of depression. In helping others, we help ourselves. Addressing a Bigger […]

  After her divorce, Cynthia moved to the big city. Her first home there was a studio apartment where she lived alone. It was a tiny apartment. She says it was “so depressing, so isolating, so lonely. I came from a really active life in which I raised two children, had pets and ran a […]

I began to think about aging alone after caring for my parents. My mother struggled with heart problems, while my father lived with Alzheimer’s disease. Watching their decline was heartbreaking. It was close to one year after dad’s passing when the question hit me: “Who will care for me?” That was 10 years ago. Today, […]

There’s no shortage of opinions these days about social networks and the decline of in-person social connections. Headlines like “Is Technology Making People Less Sociable?” and “Is the Internet Bad for Society and Relationships?” point to the internet, and technology in general, as a contributing cause of this downturn. But the internet can also be […]

  Can something as simple as singing in a community choir really affect the well-being of older adults? A growing body of research shows it can. As we grow older, staying connected isn’t as easy as it once was. Many of the normal but difficult transitions that come with aging — hearing loss, the death […]

Twenty years ago, former first lady Rosalynn Carter gave a speech in which she said, “There are only four kinds of people in this world: Those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.” She was right: We all give and receive care […]