How social isolation impacts health of older Americans

(InvestigateTV) — A simple phone call can provide connection and conversation that many older adults need.

The National Council on Aging estimates about one-fourth of Americans age 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated and a significant portion of adults in the US report feeling lonely.

The National Institutes of Health defines loneliness as the feeling of being alone regardless of the amount of social contact. Social isolation is a lack of social connections.

The National Institute on Aging says some of the risk factors for loneliness and social isolation include a major life change, money struggles, trouble hearing, and living in rural or hard-to-reach neighborhoods.

InvestigateTV+ examines the impact of loneliness and social isolation on older Americans’ health and the programs available to help them connect with others. Watch the full story in the video at the top of the page.

Tisha Powell

Tisha Powell

Tisha Powell is an anchor for WAFB 9News in Baton Rouge.