Resources

There are resources available to help you and your loved ones feel more socially connected (and less lonely), which can ultimately improve your overall health!

The Effects of Loneliness

Loneliness and social isolation doesn’t just affect one of us, it affects all of us.

The health effects of low social connection can be as dangerous as obesity or smoking.

We are better together. Connect with us.

Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line

Call this toll-free line for a friendly conversation and the caring ear of a trained volunteer. Accredited for people age 60 and older.

Connect in your neighborhood with Nextdoor

Join groups to connect with neighbors, find recommendations for businesses near you, search For Sale & Free to buy and sell great stuff, and more. The possibilities nearby are endless.

NAMI Connection support group

Connect with others to share your experiences and get support. NAMI Connection is a peer-led support group for people with mental health conditions. Groups meet weekly, every other week or monthly, depending on location.

Humana Neighborhood Centers

Take a virtual class on cooking, travel to fun places from your home, join fun trivia challenges, and more! Open to everyone.

Get active with SilverSneakers®

Make friends and stay active by joining live online group exercise classes with SilverSneakers.

Google: mental health resources

Visit Google’s mental health screening tools for depression and anxiety, for more information and links to resources specifically for those conditions. You can also visit their video below on finding mental health resources, with head of Google Health, David Feinberg, and Dr. Ken Duckworth of NAMI.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4A)

Visit the n4a-administered engAGED National Resource Center’s consumer fact sheet on staying engaged during COVID.

VolunteerMatch.org

Get connected through volunteerism. With more volunteers and volunteer opportunities than any other service, VolunteerMatch is how good people and good causes get connected.

Humana resources

Find flyers, toolkits and more to help you and loved ones feel more socially connected.

Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels recipients report improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as general mental health. Use the Local Program finder to identify the Meals on Wheels provider closest to you or a loved one and give them a call.

VOA | ReST

Online, small peer support groups that lighten the emotional toll of the pandemic and other personal and professional stressors. Available nearly every day and lasting just one hour, you have the opportunity to share your experiences and affirmations in order to stay resilient, connected and positive.

Generations United : Staying Connected While Staying Apart

This resource is designed to share what we have learned about intergenerational engagement during the pandemic. We share some of the research findings and present a detailed list of inspiring intergenerational initiatives focusing on creativity, art, and storytelling; helping each other; accessing vaccines; tutoring and mentoring; pen pals; and shared sites.