As we continue to return to normal, one thing that hasn’t changed is the isolation and loneliness seniors face. While the pandemic shined a light on this issue, it’s something that still needs our attention and support, and it’s what we’re passionately committed to changing within our community at Seniors Helping Seniors, Greater Boston & Metrowest.

A pandemic in its own right, loneliness has a slew of health risks for an already at-risk population. According to the CDC, in recent years, social isolation was associated with a 50% increased risk of dementia and other serious medical conditions, like heart disease and stroke.

What makes SHS so unique is our efforts to enrich the lives of seniors both as caregivers and the clients they help. We are building connections, adding daily activities and bringing new friends together in two people who otherwise might be home alone. Learn more about what we do here and how to get involved.

I also wanted to invite you to join our SHS team at the Walk to End Elder Isolation, Sunday, May 15 at Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain. Presented by FriendshipWorks, this organizations’ mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance the quality of life, and preserve the dignity of older adults in Greater Boston. Registration and breakfast kicks off at 9am, and the walk starts at 9:30am. Unable to join? Please consider making a donation to our teams’ fundraising efforts. Learn more here

Josh Obeiter