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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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After her children and their families leave, 75-year-old Barbara is initially relieved to restore order to her house. She cleans up the kitchen, straightens the living room and gets her husband, who’s suffering from dementia, ready for bed. Once he’s asleep, though, and she sits in her recliner in the den, trying to read a novel her daughter recommended, the loneliness sets in.

AARP Care Connection
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Like many 19-year-olds, Carla Bieg loves hanging out with her roommates. Potentially lonely nights turn into fun-filled evenings of cooking meals together, curling up on the couch with a good movie or folding laundry while chatting about the world. Unlike other college-aged adults, however, Bieg’s roommates are nine senior citizens — as well as two college students and a middle-aged married couple.

Chicago Tribune
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Eldercare Locator

U.S. Administration on Aging

Use this tool to help locate relevant elder care help near you! A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families. You can also reach us at 1-800-677-1116.

U.S. Administration on Aging
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