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How to connect with seniors in your life

Posted on: September 14, 2021

The importance of connecting with older adults

It’s important to connect with seniors in our lives to benefit their (and our!) well-being. Older adults are at increased risk of loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to live alone, face the loss of family or friends or have chronic illnesses. A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine states 35% of adults 45 and older, and 43% of adults aged 60 or older report feeling lonely. The same report also explains there is strong evidence to suggest that for older adults, social isolation and loneliness are associated with an increased likelihood of early death, dementia, heart disease and more.

Connecting with the older adults in our lives actually contributes to our well-being as well. Our mental and emotional health benefits from forming and maintaining meaningful relationships with those close to us. Find fun ways you can connect with seniors below!

What can you do to connect with seniors? Just say hello!

It’s easy to get so caught up in our daily lives that we can forget how important staying connected to the seniors in our life is to our well-being as well as theirs. Check out these fun activities for connecting with the older adults in your life!

Jean’s Story

Read Jean’s Story on how she met a new friend when she moved into a senior living residence and how their friendship grew.

Share with us how you make efforts to talk to seniors in your life, or a story of a social connection that means a lot to you!