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Are you or a loved one at risk for social isolation?
Use these resources to take steps to end social isolation and start living a connected life.

Hear tips from a man who spent a year alone in outer space.

AARP
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Learn the ins and outs of volunteering without leaving your home.

AARP
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A study found participants of the Leveraging Exercise to Age in Place (LEAP) classes had a decrease in loneliness and an improvement in social connectedness.

This program was supported by a three-year grant from AARP Foundation.

Cedars-Sinai
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Showing up is at the core of creating and maintaining, strong meaningful bonds with friends, family, coworkers, and Internet pals. It’s what turns the people you know into your people.

BuzzFeed
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We know something about how to help caregivers feel less alone. Researchers have shown that even modest-sounding interventions can reduce their sense of isolation and improve their mental and physical health.

New York Times
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New research that examines the vicious circle of social isolation also points to the evolutionary origins of loneliness, and a way for people to escape it.

The Christian Science Monitor
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Many people do most of their socializing on the job. But workplace social invitations tend to stop after you retire. Retirees need to find ways to maintain or form new social connections in order to avoid becoming isolated. Here are 10 methods of preventing loneliness in retirement.

U.S. News & World Report
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Older single women aren’t looking for love. They’re looking for a roommate. Blessed with longer life expectancy, but often with less money in the bank, female retirees are turning to each other as a way to make ends meet and find companionship.

CNBC
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No matter how busy she is, and even when she’s on vacation, Erin McLeod stops every night at 10 p.m. to make a phone call. A simple phone call is one strategy to help counter social isolation among the elderly, a condition increasingly recognized as a health threat on par with smoking, and even more harmful than obesity.

Kiplinger
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