Stay Connected to Combat Loneliness and Social Isolation

As people age they often find themselves spending more time at home alone. This can affect your health and well-being. Learn if you might be at risk and how to stay connected.  

Feeling lonely is bad for your health

  • Loneliness and social isolation are associated with: 
    • Higher rates of depression
    • A weakened immune system
    • Heart disease
    • Dementia
    • Early death

Are you at risk?

  • Try to stay active and better connected if you:
  • Live alone or can’t leave your home
  • Feel alone or disconnected from others
  • Recently had a major loss or change
  • Are a caretaker
  • Lack a sense of purpose

Ideas for staying connected

  • Find an activity that you enjoy or learn something new. You might have fun and meet people with similar interests.
  • Get moving! Exercise decreases stress, boosts your mood, and increases your energy.
  • Volunteer. You’ll feel better by helping others.
  • Stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbors in person, online or by phone.
  • Consider adopting a pet. Animals can be a source of comfort and may also lower stress and blood pressure.

Source: National Institutes of Health: www.nia.nih.gov

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