Visit an area senior center
Senior centers can help combat social isolation
Approximately, 1 in 5 adults over the age of 50 (or more than one hundred thousand older adults in the Piedmont Triad) are experiencing social isolation and the effects thereof. People become socially isolated due to an endless number of reason -- health issues, lack of mobility, lack of transportation, unemployment, living alone, death of a spouse/friends/family members, etc. Over recent years, numerous studies have shown a relationship between older adults suffering from social isolation and negative health consequences. Social isolation is correlated with higher rates of chronic conditions, depression and anxiety, dementia, nursing home admissions, and even death.
Visiting an area senior center can be a wonderful way of combatting social isolation because of the variety of activities and programs offered. Our region has 26 senior centers offering fellowship, nutrition, crafts, games, music, exercise, day trips, educational seminars and more. Best of all, most senior center activities are free to adults age 50 and older, and transportation can be arranged if needed.
To find a senior center in your area, click here: https://www.ptrc.org/services/area-agency-on-aging/services-for-seniors/senior-centers.