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June 2019 engAGED Newsletter

The Importance of Social Engagement in Preventing Elder Abuse
Earlier this month, we celebrated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a global recognition of the impact of elder abuse and neglect on older adults in communities around the country. Helping ensure that older adults stay connected to the community is a key way to prevent elder abuse. In addition to preventing isolation, social engagement programs can help stop elder abuse from taking root. The engAGED website is full of resources that can help keep older adults connected to the community, helping to reduce the likelihood of elder abuse.
A Guide to Help Older Adults Use the Internet
Using technology effectively is a great way to keep older adults socially engaged and connected to the community. Your Guide to Helping Older People Use the Internet is designed for individuals helping older adults who want to learn how to use various forms of technology to access the internet.

engAGING articles

Intergenerational Pen-Pal Program Benefits All Generations
While the art of letter writing may have faded for some, this simple act has reemerged as an easy way for people of all ages to stay socially engaged. Developed by a professor at the University of Leeds, the Write Back program is an intergenerational letter-writing program between university students and older adults—and has proven to improve well-being by building relationships through the exchange of letters. Think this would work in your community? Try it out and let us know.
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Cross-Sector Approaches to Combat Social Isolation and Loneliness
Working across sectors is a key element of successful programs and interventions, particularly when it comes to social engagement. And now, medical professionals are starting to recognize the positive impact that engaging in cross-disciplinary solutions can bring to their patients. Some of the programs these medical professionals have adopted include bringing the concepts of intergenerational living, volunteering and engaging with the arts and technology.
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The Benefits of a Community Buddy System to Combat Loneliness
Buddies aren’t just for school trips. Implementing a buddy system among older adults can help reduce loneliness and social isolation. Read how one community is tacking these issues by encouraging volunteers to connect with their socially isolated neighbors. The volunteers are trained in ways to support the mental health needs of socially isolated older adults and will encourage them to engage in the community through exercise and other activities.  
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The Creative Art of Fighting Loneliness 
Engaging in activities such as writing, music, visual arts, crocheting, knitting or even cooking are forms of creative art that can prevent loneliness. Established by the Foundation for Art and Healing, the UnLonely Project focuses on fighting loneliness by raising awareness and offering resources to combat it. These efforts include all forms of creative art and an interactive film festival.  
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Retired Race Horses Bond with Seniors 
Connecting during retirement can work for humans—and horses! Residents at Glen Meadows Retirement Community enjoy visiting neighboring Notchcliff Farm to engage with retired racehorses. Because many of the residents spent time in their youth around horses, their interactions with the horses remind them of fond childhood memories, which helps lift the spirits of the older adults participating in the program.   
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Upcoming Events
engAGED Community Toolkit Webinar

Thursday, June 27 at 1:00 PM ET

Learn How Your Agency Can Help Combat Social Isolation and Promote Social Engagement

The social isolation of older adults is in the headlines as more research shows that it is a growing aging issue that dramatically impacts older adults' health and well-being. n4a’s engAGED: Resource Center for the Engagement of Older Adults has developed a toolkit to help your agency promote the social engagement of older adults in your community.

engAGED staff will walk webinar participants through the unique features of this new toolkit. We will highlight how your organization can use customizable fact sheets and brochures to promote social engagement. There is also an assessment available to provide information about loneliness among older adults in your community. In addition, we will highlight ideas for programs that your organization can incorporate throughout the year. Join the n4a staff for this engAGING session.
Webinar on Social Isolation and Loneliness

Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00 PM ET

Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness Among People Living with Dementia

Older adults living with dementia are more likely to be socially isolated than those who do not have dementia. Presented by the American Society on Aging, this June 25 webinar will provide an overview about the increased risk of isolation and loneliness among people living with dementia, barriers to serving people with dementia, strategies for optimizing care delivery for people living alone with dementia, and approaches to advance care planning.
Want to learn more about engAGED: The National Resource Center for Older Adults? Visit us at or contact us at
About engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults
engAGED is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with support from Generations United, Lifetime Arts, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Osher Institutes for Lifelong Learning. engAGED will highlight information about emerging trends, resources, and ways the Aging Network can implement similar programs in their communities, and will develop a national strategy for educating and informing the Aging Network about innovative ways to keep older adults connected to their communities.
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