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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.

While living alone has its pleasures, it has its downsides, too. That’s why many older adults who live alone are using voice-activated smart speakers to make their lives a bit easier — and to stay more connected with friends and family in the process.

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Smart speakers are becoming more popular with older adults, and for good reason: they make it more convenient to do lots of everyday tasks without having to stare at a screen. If you’re wondering how to start using a smart speaker yourself, you’ve come to the right place.

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Stepping back out into the social whirl may feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable — even if it's something that once felt natural.

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The Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a temporary discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible consumers who are struggling to stay connected during the pandemic.

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Dr. Robin Smith, best known as the Therapist-in-Residence for The Oprah Winfrey Show, provides tips on dealing with social isolation.

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How to Start Journaling

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Study after study shows that writing down your thoughts and feelings can improve both your mental and physical health. If you’ve never tried journaling before — or you’ve tried and have had trouble keeping at it — here are some tips for making this beneficial practice part of your routine.

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Why Friends Are Important

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Research shows that having friends is good for your emotional and physical health. That’s because friends can help us when we’re down, encourage us to learn new things, and keep us on track to meet our goals.

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How to Be an Active Listener

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If you’ve ever felt afraid to start a conversation or like you don’t know what to say to people, sharpening your active listening skills can be a helpful first step.

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Easy Conversation Starters

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We’ve put together a list of topics and questions you can pull from when you’re making an effort to connect with others.

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