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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.

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Feeling lonely or being isolated are bad for your health. Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with higher rates of depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, dementia, and early death.*

Are you at risk?

Try to stay active and better connected if you:

  • live alone or are unable to leave your home
  • feel alone or disconnected from others
  • recently experienced a major loss or change
  • are a caregiver
  • 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 who like to do the same thing.
  • 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.

Learn more about preventing loneliness and social isolation.

*Cacioppo JT, Hawkley LC. Perceived social isolation and cognition. Trends Cogn Sci. 2009; 13(10):447-54

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