CICOA Supports National Campaign to Address Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults

POSTED: November 16, 2016

One in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death. At a time of the year when family and friends often gather together, this topic is the focus of a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in collaboration with the AARP Foundation, to raise awareness of the problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans.

The campaign features a consumer brochure, “Expand Your Circles: Prevent Isolation and Loneliness As You Age,” which offers information and resources to help older adults reduce their risk of becoming isolated or lonely.

As part of the national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), CICOA provides crucial home and community-based services and supports for older adults in Central Indiana.

“Because our agency is on the frontlines of helping older Americans live with dignity and independence in their homes, connecting them to an array of in-home services so vital to their well-being, we are often the first to realize that an older adult is isolated and lonely,” said CICOA CEO Orion Bell. “That’s why we believe our participation in this national campaign can have a major impact locally.”

CICOA hopes to raise awareness of the problem of isolation and loneliness in a number of ways, including one-on-one counseling and leveraging traditional and social media to spread the word.

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