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Wondering how you can help your community be connected? Check these resources to see what other researchers are studying and writing.

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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This report explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults of all ages, to understand levels of social isolation during the pandemic, and to assess knowledge of how social isolation can impact a person's health.

Funded by AARP Foundation with the support of a grant from United Health Foundation.

AARP Foundation
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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.

AARP
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With older Americans at higher risk for social isolation, science may have a treatment.

AARP
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A new study—the first to examine whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults—finds that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in additional Medicare spending annually.

AARP Public Policy Institute
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One-third of Americans who don’t drive and many others who lack access to a working vehicle, transportation options don’t come easy—especially in rural America, where transportation has long been a seemingly intractable problem. The technology revolution is showing potential to help solve that problem and enable more Americans to take part in the economic and social lives of their communities.

AARP Livable Communities
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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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