To address this issue,
"Social connection is a critical determinant of health for most people, but particularly for the Medicare population," said Dr.
The Resources For Living program, which is available to all
Resources For Living tailors its support to meet each member's needs. For example, Medicare members who are fully independent might be connected with local volunteer opportunities or senior travel groups. Members who require more support might get referrals for grocery and meal delivery services, transportation options and home modification assistance. And members who are more dependent on everyday care might receive information on home health care and nursing home options.
The Social Isolation Index and Resources For Living outreach program are components of
Encouraging human connections to improve health
While digital solutions may help to facilitate better health, personal connections are critical for consumers ages 65 and older, the Path to Better Health Study reveals.
According to the
"Adults with two of more chronic conditions and physical limitations are more likely to feel socially isolated than those who do not have these issues," Mirsky said. "We feel as though developing programs to address this issue can elevate the quality of life for our Medicare beneficiaries and better support their unique needs."
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