As one of the only funders in the region with a specific focus on aging, the Health Foundation has always taken a lead in developing and advancing programs and policies to support healthy aging. We believe that healthy aging and maintaining a high quality of life is possible for all older adults, and that older adults are valued and valuable members of our community.
Supporting resources and programs to improve the lives of older adults is a key part of the Health Foundation’s overall efforts to achieve our strategic plan and organizational vision, a healthy central and western New York where racial and socioeconomic equity are prioritized so all people can reach their full potential and achieve equitable health outcomes. Read more about our strategic plan here.
Our strategic plan and vision include a variety of strategies in support of our long- and mid-term goals that address the unique needs of older adults and their caregivers. See below for a closer look at some of these strategic approaches.
- Challenge: Addressing Social Isolation: According to a 2020 study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, “Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults,” approximately 24 percent of people 65 years old and older are considered to be socially isolated, with 43 percent of adults over 60 reporting that they feel lonely.
- Challenge: Caregiver stress: When you’re a caregiver, the demands can be overwhelming. Caregivers report that the stress of caregiving affects their physical and emotional health, finances, and their jobs.
GOALS AND STRATEGIES
Address Social Isolation
The effects of social isolation and loneliness have a major lasting impact on the mental and physical health of older Americans, as well as family caregivers.