The Costs of
Elder Isolation to Our Community
Today, the Twin Cities metro area is home to an estimated 230,000 people over the age of 65. Of those, about 39,000 people live alone and lack the social support of family and friends that are critical to their physical and mental well-being. Did you know that social isolation results in an increased risk of many health problems including dementia, depression, heart disease and stroke? Socially isolated elders are also more prone to falls and malnourishment. What's more, isolated elders are more likely to end up in nursing homes, at a cost between $82,000 and $95,000 per year.
That is why your gift of time, talent, companionship and connection with your Elder Friend and with our organization is so important. Connecting elders to someone who cares helps improve their well-being, helps them remain in their own homes longer and reduces the health care costs associated with isolation.
Your friendship helps your Elder Friend feel a part of the world around them -- aging with a sense of dignity and purpose.
for being at the heart of the LBFE movement to create a community where no elder feels alone and every elder is loved and cared about by someone. That someone is YOU!