Key Issue: Loneliness
America is in the midst of a loneliness epidemic; the American Psychological Association explains that loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, an even greater public health hazard than obesity. According to a new national survey by AARP Foundation, one in three adults older than 45 are lonely. Most importantly, older adults may be particularly at risk for social isolation and loneliness; the U.S. Health Resources & Service Administration states that 43% of older adults feel lonely on a regular basis. Among older adults who feel lonely, there is also a 45% risk of increased mortality.
Westside Pacific Villages, part of the nationwide movement of Villages across the nations, is focused on connecting neighbors with neighbors, and creating a sense of community with a variety of different engaging activities and events where people can continue to grow together throughout life.