Group Encouraging All Americans To Say Hello To Older Neighbors.

September 5, 2019

Public News Service (9/5) reports the AARP Foundation “is encouraging all Americans to make a point to say hello and connect with adults age 50 and older in their communities.” AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said loneliness and social isolation “have very serious health outcomes,” and adds that “increased social isolation over time is the health equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” Ryerson also said there is a “financial cost” to “not working hard to increase connection,” explaining, “In Wyoming alone, there is an additional $15 million of Medicare spend related to social isolation.” AARP Wyoming is launching a free Movies for Grownups series as part of the effort to fight social isolation.

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