• Goddard House Hosting Presentation and Discussion on Emotional Health, Loneliness and Social Engagement in Older Adults

    30 days ago - By Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative

    Studies of older people have shown that good mental health and greater social engagement are markers of resilience in aging and may be protective against cognitive decline. Some studies suggest that treating psychiatric symptoms may also be protective.
    Dr. Nancy Donovan, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham & Women's Hospital, will discuss these findings and her own research that is part of the Harvard Aging Brain Study, a longitudinal study of 270 cognitively healthy older adults. The presentation and discussion will take place at Goddard House Assisted Living in...
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  • Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older

    30 days ago - By Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative

    About one-third of U.S. adults age 45 and older report feeling lonely - and, due to an increased number of aging adults, the number is growing.
    A survey by AARP Foundation finds that those who have low income are especially vulnerable. Nearly half of midlife and older adults with annual incomes of less than $25,000 report being lonely. A full 10 million people over the age of 50 live in poverty in the United States.
    People who are lonely and socially isolated are more likely to have health problems, which can have serious financial implications. Social isolation among midlife and older...
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