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Social Isolation – Loneliness

“Epidemic of Loneliness” Drawing A Lot of Attention

More and more people — experts in their fields as well as watchful observers in general — are zeroing in on the existence and extent of what’s been called an “epidemic of loneliness.” An epidemic that, like certain other maladies, poses risk for a generalized deterioration in one’s health.

Ways to Fight the Isolation Foe

It’s been said people are wired for emotional connecting and that having a robust social network enhances both physical and mental health. This priority of connecting doesn’t stop as we grow older. In fact, much evidence suggests it becomes even more important. And yet it can also be more challenging.

The Dangers of Social Isolation and Loneliness for Older Adults

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” — Mother Teresa Aging is a fact of life and something no one can escape. Still, our culture seems to want to forget this part of life as we know it. In other cultures, aging is an important

Combatting Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults

Loneliness and social isolation, especially in older adults, can lead to depression, dementia, and other health issues. According to the CDC, older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family and friends,

Service Areas Details:

  • Boulder County and City of Boulder
  • Central Mountains: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake
  • City and County of Denver
  • City of Aurora
  • Colorado Springs Metro area: Counties of El Paso, Park, Teller
  • Denver Metro area: Counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson
  • Eastern Plains: Counties of Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln
  • Larimer County and City of Fort Collins
    Las Animas/ Huerfano: Counties of Huerfano, Las Animas
  • Northeast Colorado: Counties of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma
  • Northwest: Counties of Garfield, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt
  • Pueblo County and City of Pueblo
  • San Juan Region: Counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan
  • South Central Colorado: Counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache
  • Southeast Colorado: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Prowers, Otero
  • Summit Region: Counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin, Summit
  • Weld County
  • West Central: Counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel