(NAPSI)—Did you know that an estimated one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation? This is a problem, as research has shown that prolonged isolation can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day—and these negative health consequences of chronic isolation may be especially harmful for older adults.
Here are some suggestions to combat the problem of social isolation and loneliness:
• Nurture and strengthen existing relationships; invite people over for coffee or call them to suggest a trip to a museum or to see a movie.
• Schedule a time each day to call or visit someone.
• Meet your neighbors.
• Don’t let being a nondriver stop you from staying active. Find out about transportation options.
• Use social media to stay in touch or write letters.
• Stay physically active.
• Take a class.
• Revisit an old hobby.
• Visit a senior or community center to see what’s going on.
• Check out faith-based organizations’ groups and events.
To connect to aging services and programs in your area:
Contact the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, a part of the Administration for Community Living. This nationwide service is a trusted gateway to connect older adults and their caregivers with local resources for older adults. Call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 to speak with a knowledgeable Information Specialist or visit the website www.eldercare.gov to find local resources on a broad range of topics and access help today.