Following our recent roundtable discussion on the connection between isolation, health outcomes and homelessness, SDSCF President & CEO Bob Kelly spoke with Newsradio 600 KOGO about the crisis of social isolation facing San Diego seniors.
Kelly explained the increased risk of suicide and other health concerns faced by seniors who are isolated. Of particular concern are “senior orphans” who live alone and have no close friends or family to help care for them as they age. Many older San Diegans lack internet access and have become even more isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local organizations like Meals on Wheels, ElderHelp, the Sheriff’s You Are Not Alone (YANA) program, churches and community groups are playing a vital role in helping homebound seniors stay healthy and connected during this difficult time.
Listen to the interview to learn more: