Loneliness and social isolation among older individuals are major public health concerns, leading some to refer to them as the next “vital signs” for older adults. Research has consistently shown that loneliness and social isolation have profound negative effects on health, mental health, and mortality, particularly for older adults. In fact, the mortality risk of loneliness is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely.

Loneliness and social isolation are rarely considered or addressed in health and mental health care settings. Yet they are among the most modifiable risk factors for mortality and morbidity.

Learn about the key steps to reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation in this pdf published by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center: https://www.ashtabulamhrs.org/Reducing-Loneliness-and-Social-Isolation-Among-Older-Adults-Final-1.pdf

Person to Person Warmline-If you are struggling emotionally or worried about someone you love, please call the Person To Person Warmline Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. or Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to connect with someone who can help. The Person to Person number is 440-855-0214.