For category: Academic Research

Loneliness has been associated with increased mortality and a range of adverse health outcomes that are both prevalent and costly in older age. Loneliness, however, is often a hidden problem. It has few clear outward indicators, some degree of stigma attached, and no proven solutions beyond conventional wisdom about trying to make friends and find meaningful pursuits and activities.

Loneliness is not a normal part of the aging process — but many of the challenges inherent in aging put our growing
older adult population at risk. In a new report, developed with AARP Foundation support, researchers examined the best
existing data to estimate the prevalence of loneliness among adults (age 62-91) in the U.S. The study identifies the
characteristics of lonely older adults as well as segments of the older adult population who are at high risk for loneliness.

A recent survey of adults age 18 and older confirms that connections to friends and family are especially cherished
during the holidays — and spending quality time with a loved one is more valuable than any gift.

The Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, aims to reduce the impact of disability among low-income older adults by addressing individual capacities and the home environment. The program, described in this innovation profile, uses an interprofessional team (an occupational therapist, a registered nurse, and a handyman) to help participants achieve goals they set.

Three new studies paint a surprisingly complicated picture of the role of mobile devices in our social lives—and suggest steps we can take to make the most of technology.

98-year-old Mary reminds us that people her age are sometimes forgotten, but still very much alive.

This At a glance briefing explains the importance of tackling social isolation and loneliness, particularly among older people. It highlights the adverse effects of feeling isolated and describes a number of services that have been found to help reduce the problem.

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Loneliness is a significant public health concern among elders. In addition to easing a potential source of suffering, the identification and targeting of interventions for lonely elders may significantly decrease physician visits and health care costs. Learn more about how we developed this knowledge and what research can show us.