Social Isolation and Loneliness Outreach Toolkit
Social isolation and loneliness can be harmful to the physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional health of older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) developed an outreach toolkit to help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Share these materials and resources with older adults, caregivers, and health care providers.
From March 1-5, 2021, join the national conversation on this topic by using the hashtag #CommitToConnect on social media. You can also hear from NIA experts and ask your questions about social isolation and loneliness during NIA’s Facebook Live Q&A on Thursday, March 4 at 2 p.m. EST.
Animated Graphics (GIFs)
Download and share these animated graphics (GIFs) on your social media channels to educate older adults and caregivers about the harmful effects of social isolation and loneliness and strategies to stay connected.
Social Media Images
Download and share these images on social media to encourage grandchildren to stay connected with their grandparents.
Download or share a link to this two-page infographic about how to combat social isolation and loneliness.
Social Media Posts
Copy and share these sample posts on social media to increase awareness among older adults, caregivers, and health care professionals. Each sample post links to NIA’s health information article on social isolation and loneliness. Consider tagging NIA on Facebook at @NIHAging or on Twitter at @Alzheimers_NIH.
- DYK that 1 in 4 adults age 65 and older are socially isolated? A lack of regular interaction with others can affect your health and well-being. Explore activities you can do to stay connected, such as starting a new hobby or taking a virtual class: http://bit.ly/3qiBQ4J #CommitToConnect
- Feeling #lonely and being isolated can be bad for your health. The good news is that you can help reduce your risk! Find tips for staying connected with friends and family here: http://bit.ly/3jGTUmK #CommitToConnect
- Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with higher rates of depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, and #dementia. Learn about steps you can take to help reduce feelings of #loneliness and social #isolation: http://bit.ly/3jKpCiR #CommitToConnect
- Older adults are at higher risk for social isolation and #loneliness due to changes in health and social connections, such as memory loss and/or the loss of family and friends. Read more about risk factors of social isolation and loneliness here: http://bit.ly/3qglklD #CommitToConnect
- Know the risk factors for loneliness and social isolation so you can help reduce your risk — or a loved one’s. Learn about steps you can take to help reduce feelings of #loneliness and prevent social #isolation: http://bit.ly/379njAT #CommitToConnect
Download this one-page educational flyer about risk factors for social isolation and loneliness and strategies to prevent them.
Share NIA’s booklet, health information articles, and featured research.
Find additional information and resources.
- Commit to Connect Campaign: Learn more about the national effort to combat social isolation led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
- Commit to Connect Activities and Resources: View and share these ACL resources to help older adults stay connected.
- Eldercare Locator: Use this free national service to find local resources for older adults.
*Note: This statistic refers to community dwelling adults. Source: Cudjoe, T. K. M., et al. 2020. The epidemiology of social isolation: National health and aging trends. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 2020;75(1):107-113. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gby037.