Social Isolation and Loneliness: Page 3 | Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

We all know Social Isolation is an especially large and important challenge of aging. In this series of discussions among older adults, we explore things like:

  • Can different living arrangements help?
  • How do these older adults like tools like Skype and Facetime, and how best can we teach these tools?
  • What is the root cause of social isolation in the case of various specific individuals?
  • Why is it hard to meet people and what can you do about it?


Hear what Older Adults Think: Social Isolation and Loneliness

Father lost independence because he could no longer drive

My father did not have the strength or cognitive ability to drive a car safely. Driving a scooter provided some independence, but he was ultimately prevented from driving it.



"Social Secretary" passed away. How to avoid social isolation?

My father became very socially isolated after my mother passed away, even though he lived in a retirement community and was surrounded by others of his age. Because my mother had always been the "social secretary", it seemed as if he lacked the skills to develop a social life in her absence....



Pining for Family. Video to the Rescue?

I run a senior care facility and I have been profoundly struck by just how badly people miss daily contact with their family. 

We recently introduced a way that our residents could video conference with their family and it made a huge difference to their quality of life.

In the...



Hearing Loss increases Social Isolation

As I got older my hearing declined quite a bit. I can still hear well in certain settings, but have trouble hearing in noisy surroundings, and some other situations.

Despite pretty sophisticated hearing aids etc, I find this problem leads to a degree of social isolation as even when I am...



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Social Isolation and Loneliness is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Social Isolation and Loneliness, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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