Not Home Alone: Chicago Programs Help Isolated Seniors

Not Home Alone: Chicago Programs Help Isolated Seniors

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Isolation of seniors is a growing concern—with one-third of people 65-plus living alone in the United States, including half of women over age 75, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. But programs have emerged in Chicago—where the 1995 heat wave killed hundreds of seniors living solo—to help home-alone elders network with others in ways that not only can save lives, but also enhance their quality of life.

Link to Jane Adler’s Chicago Tribune article wrote this article, “Not Home Alone: Retirement Communities Provide Companionship,” which she wrote under a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship in conjunction with New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America.