What is a Social Call Program?
Social call programs provide social connections and service referrals for those with an elevated risk of loneliness and social isolation. The program provides invaluable connection by facilitating regular telephone conversations between trained volunteers and participants.
Social isolation affects nearly one in five older adults. Research shows that the negative health effects of chronic isolation and loneliness, while harmful at any age, are especially dangerous for people over 50. Social isolation and loneliness are associated with higher blood pressure, increased susceptibility to the flu, greater risk of heart disease, and earlier onset of dementia. On-going regular social engagement with caring volunteers can be an effective means of preventative care.
How Does Someone Become Socially Isolated or Lonely?
Older adults often experience one or more of the following, which can lead to social isolation and loneliness:
- Physical disabilities, frailty, declining mobility
- Loss of a driver’s license
- Hearing or sight impairment
- Shrinking social networks and/or inadequate social support, often as a result of the death of peers
- Don’t live in a walkable or safe community and can’t get out
- Fear of falling, embarrassed by disability or incontinence, etc…
SOCIAL ISOLATION IS AS BAD FOR YOU AS SMOKING 15 CIGARETTES A DAY
Long -Term Benefits of Social Calls Programs
- Improved Psychological Well- Being
- Opportunities to talk to Like-Minded People
- More Years at Home
- Referrals to Additional Community Resources
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