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Wondering how you can foster connection for the people you help everyday? Here are resources you can use for inspiration.

Sometimes having a simple conversation can help you turn “I feel so alone” into “I feel very connected.”

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Learn more about a surprising new tool that can help you feel more socially connected.

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This Valentine’s Day, Wish of a Lifetime from AARP is leading an effort to create cards and safely send some love to older adults who are socially isolated.

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OCHIN, a nonprofit health care innovation center, is seeking to improve the ability to detect and address social isolation and loneliness through a project that funds social service resource locator pilots and the use of validated screening tools. The work is supported with funding from AARP Foundation.

OCHIN
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Eldercare Locator

U.S. Administration on Aging

This nationwide service connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources.

Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.

U.S. Administration on Aging
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Hear tips from a man who spent a year alone in outer space.

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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How health care providers can help reduce the adverse health impacts of social isolation and loneliness.

National Academy of Sciences
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In 2010, AARP conducted a national survey of U.S. adults age 45 and older to better understand loneliness among midlife and older adults. Since the survey’s release, the field has evolved and AARP Foundation’s focus has expanded to include social isolation.

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