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Every May we observe Older Americans Month. This month is about recognizing the contributions that older Americans make to our communities, emphasizing trends in aging, and reaffirming our commitments to serving older adults. Every year, Older Americans Month has a different theme. This year’s theme is Powered by Connection, selected in recognition of the deep and significant ways that meaningful relationships and social connection impacts our health and wellbeing.

Many older adults struggle with loneliness and isolation as they age. Loneliness and isolation can negatively impact seniors’ mental and physical wellbeing. Seniors who feel lonely or isolated are also more vulnerable to elder abuse. To combat this problem, Contra Costa County offers many avenues for older adults to connect with others. For seniors interested in connecting with others, consider some of the following:

  • Senior Centers: many cities in Contra Costa County have senior centers that offer a wide range of programs. CCSLS conducts legal clinics at some of these senior centers, meaning seniors may be able to get free legal services at their local senior center.
  • Meals on Wheels Diablo Region offers programs for seniors, including their Friendly Visitor and Friendly Caller programs which are designed to connect seniors with others.
  • Senior Peer Counseling pairs adults age 55 and older with trained senior counselors who can provide support with challenges related to aging such as loneliness, loss of loved ones, health challenges, or isolation.
  • The Friendship Line makes free emotional support phone calls to lonely and isolated seniors. Call 1-888-670-1360 for free.
  • Front Porch has a program called Well Connected that offers talks and classes in a variety of subjects, including art, music, meditation, reading…
  • Try volunteering at an organization whose mission you support. Volunteering can provide the opportunity to engage with others while serving your community.