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Social isolation, loneliness still prevalent among seniors and disabled

The COVID-19 pandemic did not create a new problem but made an old one worse when it comes to the company for the aging and disabled. In the United States, 40 percent of people with a disability and 43 percent of people aged 65 years or older say they feel lonely sometimes or all the time. Two-thirds of adults are experiencing social isolation, which is contributing to increased anxiety. Family Development and Relationships Educator Renee Koenig says the problem of social isolation and loneliness dates back to even before the pandemic brought new worries and restrictions, and the community continues to age. Nearly a third of Kewaunee County are aged 65 years or older. She says technology allows at least one solution to help alleviate the problem a little bit if you cannot physically be there.

Koenig started the Aging-Friendly Kewaunee County group to help raise awareness about the issue and work with others to identify support strategies. Governor Tony Evers declared “Social Isolation and Loneliness Week” this week throughout Wisconsin. 

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