The National Council on Aging has put together a comprehensive guide of resources for older adults living alone, empowering them to thrive independently and access essential services.
As you age, living alone can present various challenges, including social isolation, limited access to essential services, and potential health risks. Approximately 27% of U.S. adults aged 60 and older were living alone in 2020, according to the Pew Research Center, and this number is projected to increase as the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age. These individuals may face difficulties with daily activities, such as transportation, meal preparation, and home maintenance—all of which have a direct impact on their overall health and wellness.
- A variety of organizations offer programs and services tailored to the needs of older adults, including financial assistance, health care support, and social engagement opportunities.
- Resources, such as the Eldercare Locator and the National Directory for Home Modification and Repair, provide valuable information and connections to local resources.
- Programs, like Meals on Wheels, ensure access to nutritious meals and social support for older adults living alone.
- Medical alert systems and technological tools can enhance safety and provide peace of mind for older adults living independently.