Two n4a Members Testify on Social Isolation During Senate Committee Hearing
Yesterday, n4a members Betsy Sawyer-Manter, President and CEO, SeniorsPlus, ME, and Najja Orr, CEO of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, PA, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging during a hearing entitled “Combatting Social Isolation and Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Their comments highlighted the most pressing current issues facing older adults and the AAAs that serve them, such as rapidly rising needs for food, social connection and reassurance, and the technology that can help combat social isolation.
Watch the video from the hearing or read Betsy and Najja's testimony to see how their experiences compare to what is happening in your area.
Take Action! n4a's current policy asks for the next COVID relief package include several provisions to address social isolation and loneliness, as well as related issues raised during the hearing, so be sure to check out our May 29 letter and latest Advocacy Alert.
And for additional examples from the field on addressing social isolation, please visit n4a's engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults and n4a's Examples from the Field resource page.