Connectedly strengthens community support networks, reduces social isolation, and improves the well-being of older adults, especially women and their families.
High rates of older Philadelphians are at risk of social isolation. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are most prevalent in people who live alone. In Philadelphia, nearly 40% of adults age 65+ live alone, and 48% of low-income elders live alone.
Social isolation poses a major health risk. Loneliness and social isolation have a profound impact on mental and physical health- increasing the risk of depression, anxiety, heart disease, stroke, and dementia.
The risk of premature death from social isolation is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and greater than obesity and physical inactivity.
We must prioritize building social connection the same way we have prioritized other critical public health issues such as tobacco, obesity, and substance use disorders.
—U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy
In their Connectedly group,
91% of all participants feel they are helping others and having an impact on their lives.
98%of all participants feel they are not alone.
100%of all participants feel understood and accepted.
100% of GrandFamily Resource Center participants feel confident in their ability to help their grandchild grow and develop.
92%of GrandFamily Resource Center participants feel they have learned ways to improve their grandchild’s overall health.
Being a part of [Connectedly], I know I have a group of women that understand and support me. I can call them, and they can call me. They understand, give advice, and don’t judge. I don’t know what I would have done if [Connectedly] was not here. Arlene is the most caring and loving person that leads the group. [Connectedly] has changed my life and I can raise my granddaughter much better.” –GrandFamily Resource Center participant
The group has been very helpful for me. Even when I’m sick. We’re always talking with each other, giving resources. Everyone is so helpful.” –Counseling for Homebound Adults participant
Since I’ve been with [Connectedly], I have been more positive and learned to love more. I look forward to the conversations on the phone, it is the most interesting day of the week. I look forward to it, also, it helped me toward getting all my booster shots.” –Healthy Lives Community Groups participant