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SMAA Participating in National Campaign to Address the Problem of Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults

November 16, 2016 – The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in collaboration with the AARP Foundation, have launched a national campaign to spread the word about the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness affecting millions of older Americans.

It is estimated that one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death. With Maine having the highest median age in the country along with a diverse geographical spread, many of our fellow Mainers are no strangers to the challenges of aging and risk of isolation.

As a n4a member, we look forward to working with our local communities to provide resources, support, and education to help address elder isolation and loneliness.

This year's campaign features a consumer brochure" Expand Your Circles: Prevent Isolation and Loneliness As You Age." This brochure is available in standard PDF format as well as a 508-compliant PDF format.

Join us in participating in this important campaign.

About the Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Since 1973, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging has provided residents of York and Cumberland counties with resources and assistance to address the issues and concerns of aging. The Agency serves people ages 60 and older, family caregivers, and people under 60 with a disability. Agency services are devoted to fulfilling its mission of improving the social, emotional, physical and economic well-being of older adults in southern Maine.