Loneliness and Social Isolation
More than a quarter of the U.S. population now lives alone. The senior population, one of the highest risk groups for loneliness and social isolation, is growing as baby boomers age and people live longer. Working-age and young adults can also feel lonely, particularly when adversely impacted by social media. These trends have focused international attention on the topic of social health. Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with worsening health-related quality of life (HRQOL), increased mortality and other poor health outcomes. Identifying individuals at risk for loneliness, social isolation and related outcomes allows us to also predict their healthcare needs and establish appropriate preventive and intervention strategies to improve their health.
Our ‘grandkids on demand’ model started because of a need I saw with my grandfather. Loneliness and social isolation affect millions of older adults across the country—many of them don’t have family or friends nearby to care for their basic needs or to offer companionship. By giving seniors a social connection, we believe we can help those suffering from feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety and improve their Healthy Days.