Medicare spends more on socially isolated older adults
A study conducted by Stanford University and AARP Public Policy Institute found that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in Medicare spending annually.
Social isolation is a Social Determinant of Health, and Direction Home Ohio’s network of Area Agencies on Aging have been boots on the ground addressing the issue for over 30 years. We have a variety of services that have the effect of promoting connection and engagement to improve healthy aging outcomes and reduce costs. We can also incorporate screening for social isolation as part of an initial assessment. Contact us for more information.