It’s the first word in better health.Friday, September 28, is National Good Neighbor Day.
Good Neighbor Day is an opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate our neighbors. This year, AARP Foundation invites you to join in the celebration!
Share your Good Neighbor Day moment on social media with#GoodNeighborDay2018
Studies show that isolation and loneliness are as bad for your health as smoking or obesity – especially if you’re over 50.
Isolation is more than being alone. It’s the result of being disconnected from support groups of family, friends and community.
Family members and neighbors are often the first to notice the signs of isolation but may not know how to interpret them – or what to do about them.
Connecting on Good Neighbor Day is about more than goodwill; it’s also good for your health.
Here are a few tips to help you connect with your neighbors.
Knock on an older neighbor’s door and say “hello.”
Invite your neighbor over for coffee or tea.
Organize a potluck for your neighborhood or block.
Ask your neighbor to join you for a walk. Or join a walking club.
Invite several neighbors over for a game night.
Volunteer with a meal delivery program and help your neighbors in need.
Give your older neighbor a ride to the grocery store or an appointment.
Sign up for Connect2Affect’s text program and get text reminders to reach out to someone you care about.
Social isolation affects nearly 1 in 5 older adults.