Many of North Carolina’s aging go weeks without speaking to another person. Others lack quality connections and feel lonely even in a crowd. Health professionals link social isolation and perceived loneliness with high blood pressure, depression cognitive decline, and a 30% increased risk of premature death.
Complex economic, technological, and societal forces put almost everyone at risk. But those most at risk live alone, lack transportation, have reduced mobility, or live in areas offering limited access to services.
Social planners and healthcare agencies address social isolation as a healthcare crisis and we support their efforts. But we also believe the church holds a key to the solution—by offering connection, community, and a relationship with Christ.