From the website:
Strong social connections are central to our physical and mental well-being. But when vulnerable older adults experience setbacks, they may become disconnected and isolated.
Because the issue of social isolation is so complex, AARP Foundation spearheaded Connect2Affect to seek out solutions. Through research and innovative efforts, we’re working to create a deeper understanding of loneliness and isolation, draw crucial attention to the issue, and catalyze action to end social isolation among older adults. Our goal is to create a network of resources that meets the needs of anyone who is isolated or lonely, and that helps build the social connections older adults need to thrive.
These are the Winston Churchhill Memorial Trust’s findings from Fellows’ research into the beneficial effects of the arts on ageing.
From the introduction:
Although predicting the future is a risky venture, asking LGBT Baby Boomers about their plans, fears, and hopes about aging is a good way to begin assessing what aging might look like for this cohort and for the rest of society.
From the report:
AARP Foundation is dedicated to serving vulnerable people aged 50+ by creating solutions that help them secure the essentials and achieve their best life. Isolation is one of the Foundation’s key mission areas, along with Housing, Income, and Hunger (HIHI, combined). The Foundation’s Isolation Impact Team engaged ResearchWorks in early 2012 to conduct the first phase of this endeavor, consisting of the due diligence and analysis that would result in a focused way to move forward in the isolation space with a cross-disciplinary framework and key recommendations.
From the introduction:
A new picture of human development and aging is emerging, and with it, a new understanding of humans’ ongoing capacity for change.”” So begins Gene Cohen, former acting director of the National Institute on Aging and pioneer in the field of creativity in aging, in the lecture transcribed in this booklet.
From the publisher:
The culmination of a decade and a half of research by leading scholars, How Healthy Are We? will dramatically alter the way we think about health in middle age and the factors that influence it. Researchers, policymakers, and others concerned about the quality of midlife in contemporary America will welcome its insights.