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Increasing Social Connectedness through Adventures in Learning

Informal volunteer support services, caregiver supports, educational groups.

This evidence-informed model of social connectedness contributes to better health. Studies show that programs offering educational, social and physical activities in group settings and which encourage personal interactions and community involvement have a positive effect on health and well-being. Through surveys across the Shepherd’s Center network, older adults report they are more socially engaged, more physically active and have a better sense of personal well-being as a result of participation. A majority report they are able to live in their own homes longer. As a result of participation in the St. Louis low-income initiative: 91% reported a sense of enjoyment/fulfillment/enhanced well-being; 91% reported that they are more socially and physically active; 90% reported that they learned something new to apply to their everyday life.

Start-up cost for the initial St. Louis program for one year was $25,000.

Service Area

St Louis


  • Missouri

Population Served

  • Vulnerable Group


  • Successful

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