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The Importance of Connection this Older Americans Month

May 21, 2024   |   Katrin Werner-Perez   |   Healthy Aging, Other Diseases/Conditions of Aging, Blog
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May is recognized as Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our society and to raise awareness of issues affecting them. This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” highlights the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on the health and well-being of older Americans.

When we think of the most important aspects of our health as we age, the importance of social connections can sometimes be underestimated. Just as it’s important to eat healthy and exercise, fostering social connection is equally important to our health. Research has shown that without it, we can experience loneliness and social isolation, which can have profound effects on mental and physical health and lead to increased risk of depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and even mortality. This can diminish one’s quality of life and independence.

Connectedness plays a crucial role by creating support networks, increasing opportunities to engage in activities that promote physical and cognitive health, providing better access to resources, and helping maintain a sense of purpose and belonging. These initiatives empower older adults to lead fulfilling and independent lives as they age.

How can I connect?

  • Participate in community events
  • Join clubs or hobby groups
  • Attend exercise classes
  • Volunteer at local organizations
  • Engage in intergenerational activities at places like community centers or libraries
  • Take time to build relationships with neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends

For more information, visit,, and visit your local Area Agency on Aging.

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