For category: Families and Neighbors

The circle shrinks. As the years pass, older people attend too many funerals. Friendships that sustained them for decades lapse when companions and confidants retire or move away or grow ill.

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.

If you’re struggling with loneliness, make a pledge to connect this holiday season. Strengthen those all-important bonds — because
when we connect, we thrive.

Research shows that social isolation and loneliness have been linked to higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death in older adults. But you can be proactive and take steps to reduce your risk.

Unfortunately, isolation among seniors is alarmingly common, and will continue to increase in prevalence as the population grows. Learn how to help your loved ones stay healthy by reading more on the top ways to help seniors avoid isolation.

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.

Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through our network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. While the diversity of each program’s services and operations may vary based on the needs and resources of their communities, they are all committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.

Together, we galvanize the resources of local community organizations, businesses, donors, sponsors and more than two million volunteers – bolstered by supplemental funding from the Older Americans Act – into a national safety net for our seniors.

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. Download the infographic here.