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Senior Loneliness and Isolation

Social isolation has been dubbed “the new silent killer” and acknowledged by the World Health Organization as a public health crisis. Research shows the negative impact of isolation on a person’s health and well-being is equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day—increasing the risk of chronic health conditions, including, depression, anxiety, dementia, malnutrition, physical decline, and death.  

In San Diego alone, approximately 180,000 individuals are at risk of becoming or are already senior orphans – senior men and women left without nearby relatives, children, spouses, or the devastating loss of a child. The number is projected to reach a staggering 300,000 by 2030, representing the most vulnerable subset of our aging population. “Senior orphans” face a daunting prospect – aging without anyone to care for them. They are at heightened risk of social isolation, elder abuse, elder fraud, and serious health concerns.

At the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation, we are driven by the pressing need to uplift and empower these vulnerable individuals. By embracing the power of philanthropy and fostering strategic partnerships, we can forge a brighter tomorrow for San Diego’s senior orphans.

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seniors ages 65 or older live alone

Help us end social isolation for San Diego’s most vulnerable seniors

Together, we can provide them with a lifeline – a trustworthy source they can turn to in their times of need. By investing in the “No Senior Alone Fund”, you can make a lasting impact on the lives of San Diego’s senior orphans.

Your donation will help create programs and initiatives specifically designed to combat social isolation, provide essential support services, and promote overall well-being. Through your generosity, we can ensure that these vulnerable seniors have access to resources, companionship, and care, enabling them to thrive in their later years.

Help End Senior Isolation

Digital Divide

Many low-income seniors in San Diego lack internet access and/or devices that would allow them to connect with loved ones, access tele-health, and engage in other meaningful activities while at home. They may live in neighborhoods where they don’t feel safe going out, or lack access to safe forms of transportation. These San Diegans are the ones who suffer most from our lack of a regional support network for older people, and who could most benefit from strategic investments to help seniors access basic needs, stay engaged in their communities, and age with health and dignity.

Your Support Matters

SDSCF has received a $500K grant from the Sahm Family Foundation to help end social isolation as a result of the worldwide pandemic. With your support, we can raise $1 Million+ to provide flexible resources and innovative programs that sustain seniors’ health and well-being during this unprecedented time of need.

Finding Solutions

SDSCF is partnering with community-based organizations across San Diego County to support at-risk seniors and combat the negative effects of social isolation. Our guiding principle is to ensure that every local senior has someone they can turn to and trust. To this end, we are working to fund programs and projects that address the root causes of isolation, with a special focus on senior orphans and disadvantaged populations, to make a lasting impact on older adults in our region.

lonely senior women sitting on bed looking out a window

Join Us in Making a Difference

Our goal as a community foundation is to buoy the efforts of local senior service providers, which have played a crucial role in supporting the needs of older people. There is an urgent need for philanthropy to help plug these funding gaps so organizations can continue doing work that is more important now than ever.

Take action today, and let’s ensure that no senior in San Diego feels alone. Your support can change lives and build a stronger, more connected community for all. Donate now to make a difference. Together, we can end senior isolation.

Ways to Give

By giving to SDSCF, you can be sure that your money is going to fund initiatives, programs, and infrastructure that will directly support seniors in San Diego. Help ensure that all seniors have someone they can turn to and trust.

Give Now

Empower seniors today and make an immediate impact on their lives.

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