Older adult isolation is a serious issue with devastating health effects. 28% of, or 11 million, older Americans are at risk for isolation and its negative consequences, including lung disease, arthritis, impaired mobility, cognitive decline, depression – and early death. Isolation essentially means a lack of social contact, and is on the rise as we become increasingly more dependent on technology for social interaction. The Best Day of My Life So Far can reduce the risk of these health problems in an older adult’s life by removing the root cause of isolation through meaningful and sustainable social interactions.
The cognitive, psychological, and physical health benefits of our program have been expressed by participants through numerous testimonials; reported by site supervisors through consistent impact reports; published in professional journals and presented at national and international conferences by professional researchers in the psychology, social work, family studies, gerontology fields; featured on TV and radio, and in numerous blogs, magazines, newspapers, books; recognized by numerous social change awards; and personally endorsed by the president of the AARP Foundation. Additionally, practicing psychologists often refer patients to our program as a component of their mental health treatment plans.