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Staying Connected

Staying Connected

Interested in social engagement and connection? Begin here with these Commit to Connect resources:

  • Social Isolation: Who Is At Risk?
    People of all ages, backgrounds and income levels can experience social isolation and loneliness, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the situation.
  • Social Isolation: What’s in a Name?
    Although related, social isolation and loneliness are not the same thing.
  • Key Facts About Social Isolation and Older Adults
    Learn more about how social isolation impacts older adults and how this can be addressed.
  • Social Isolation: Is Your Health at Risk?
    A growing body of research shows the health risks of social isolation.
  • 10 Benefits of Social Relationships
    People thrive when we get and give ample social support — that feeling of being cared for, listened to, and loved.
  • Giving the Gift of Connection
    Connecting with other people is a huge part of our lives — and it’s essential to our health and well-being. It’s also a huge part of what makes the holidays special. The good news is there are many ways we can connect, even if we’re physically apart. And if you’re still looking for hat perfect gift idea, you can’t go wrong with the gift of connection.
  • The Gift of Connection Infographic
    The Administration for Community Living released this infographic to support older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers through the holidays. 
  • Engage Virtually Infographic
    Staying connected is essential to good physical and mental health. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so choose a few things that suit you and commit to them.

Not sure how to get started? These resources have lots of suggestions:

Connect While Helping Others

  • Best Practices for Virtual Volunteers
    AARP Foundation. Guide offering tips and tricks for giving back at a distance.
  • Community Connections
    AARP. Helps you to connect with people in your community and find support when you need it.
  • Create the Good
    AARP. Connects you with volunteer opportunities to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your community.
  • Explore hundreds of virtual opportunities to share your talents, skills, and knowledge – from home.

Activities You Might Like

Try out these activities that you can do alone, together with your family and friends, or as a way to meet new people.    

Get Creative

  • Combat Social Isolation
    Erie County, NY Senior Services. Ideas for activities to stimulate your mind and combat boredom.
  • Stuck at Home (Together)
    AARP and Foundation of Art & HealingEncourage creative expression and enable social connection with these tools and resources.

Share Your Story

  • PBS American Portrait
    Give a glimpse into your life and get a peek into others’ perspectives as part of this collective, connective project.
  • StoryCorps Connect
    Record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology.

Just Want to Chat?

  • AARP Friendly Voice
    Sometimes, hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the line can help in challenging times. Trained AARP volunteers will call to say hello. 
  • Connect2Affect’s Chatbot
    Provides friendly conversation to build social connections. Conversations are secure, private, and accessible 24/7.
  • SAGEConnect. Matches volunteers with LGBT elders for casual, friendly conversations.
  • Virtual Senior Center
    A senior center without walls, using technology to connect home-bound and socially isolated seniors to their communities.
  • Warmlines. Unlike a hotline for those in crisis, provides emotional support that can prevent a crisis. Lines are typically free, and offer confidential support from peers who have experienced mental health conditions.
  • Well Connected
    Virtual community offering free phone and online activities that build community through conversations, games, and education.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by contract no. HHSP233201500088I from ACL.  The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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