There’s a new epidemic on the rise. More and more of us—including older adults—are dealing with the impact of social isolation and loneliness. When nearly 3 in 10 adults over the age of 40 report feeling socially isolated, the longevity market cannot afford to overlook this significant challenge for our clients and customers.
You may have heard the statistic that social isolation increases health risks as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. But did you also know that it’s increasing health care costs? Or that people growing old alone—so called “elder orphans”—are also a growing segment of society? What about older Americans in rural areas? How is isolation having an impact on them?
Social isolation and loneliness is a complicated issue, with many nuanced challenges. And those of use who work to support older adults know that technology can be part of the solution. The following stories explore social isolation among older people, and look at promising products, programs and solutions that leverage tech for real impact.
Come back here each week and check out our weekly emails in September for more stories on the loneliness epidemic, perspective from experts and more. We also held a Stria Live online event on the role of technology in social isolation as part of this series (coverage of that event is below).
Positive social supports help keep us healthy and thriving throughout our lives. We’ve curated select resources that explore social isolation and loneliness as we age (subscriber only content).
This recent online event explored the growing problem of social isolation among older adults—and how technology can help address it. We heard from experts, then YOU weighed in with small group breakouts.
Technology will be needed to help maintain older people’s health and independence given the shrinking population of available caregivers.
Disproving outdated notions of older people through rigorous research led to a better platform design for OneClick.chat.
Despite huge advances, there is no technology that can replace human touch.
Technology is already changing the world. Dr. Kerry Burnight of GrandPad, asks “Why not use that change to fight loneliness among older adults?”
Despite challenges, tech can ease isolation for rural older Americans.
Mounting data and research increases understanding—and highlights the need for a range of solutions.
Balancing high-tech solutions with the human touch of a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver is key to advancing the future of care.
Older consumers’ relationship with technology is changing fast, as increasingly tech-savvy boomers enter the senior marketplace.
Until we understand how older adults are using technology, we cannot assume that standard devices are helping them be less isolated and lonely.
Avoiding the pitfalls of social isolation and loneliness is also a challenge for solo agers.
Stria sponsors GrandPad and Home Instead made “The Role of Technology in Social Isolation” special editorial series possible.