Social isolation is a growing and often unseen epidemic, particularly among older adults and one-third of Americans over 65 who live alone. Because its indicators can go unnoticed, its symptoms exacerbate when left unaddressed.
2018 was another year of milestones, innovations, and developing future-proof technology. And with so much happening, we wanted to highlight some of the exciting moments and ideas that took place this year. We strive for and pride ourselves in furthering and pushing our services into territories we didn’t even think were possible. In a year of many achievements, we’re excited to present some of the milestones that happened along the path in 2018.
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As we age, often our needs and dependency on others increase and we’re met with the heaviest consequences of being forgotten. Aging can sometimes become synonymous with fading out of society’s awareness which results in loneliness and isolation. Research from AARP shows that feeling lonely is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. In response to this, Area Agencies on Aging across the US like AgeOptions of Illinois’ Cook County, facilitates local programs that not only raise awareness of aging populations but also protect their dignity and independence. These vital programs provide the much-needed services and support aging populations need to remain cared for, and ultimately not feel alone.