Social Isolation

Social Isolation

As older adults age at home, they are at an increased risk for social isolation, which can be detrimental to both the physical and mental health of older adults.

Social isolation was identified in the 2018 Needs Assessment as the most pressing issue for older adults in the region Impact1890 serves, with nearly a third of individuals living alone in a non-family household. For example, over half of older adults living in Washington, D.C. are alone.


Highlights of Our Impact 

Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA), Rockville, Md. 

For 125 years, Jewish Social Services Agency has served individuals of all faiths throughout Montgomery County. Md. and Fairfax County, Va.

Impact1890 awarded Jewish Social Services Agency $5,000 in 2019 to support its outreach to approximately 400 Holocaust survivors to provide isolated survivors with small socialization groups to foster sustainable relationships with other survivors who live in the area. Read More

Mental Health America of Fredericksburg (MHAF), Fredericksburg, Va. 

Mental Health America of Fredericksburg (MHAF) addresses all aspects of mental health, particularly in identifying unmet needs and working collaboratively to develop programs tailored to meet those needs.

Impact1890 awarded MHAF’s Senior Visitor program in 2018 to expand its free supportive program for older adults. The program provides trained visitors to deliver in-home assistance to improve the mental health of homebound, isolated seniors. This helps to prevent suicide, a growing concern for older adults. Read More 


Impact in Action