“Elder Orphans” - The Need for Community

Posted: May 3, 2016

If one lives alone or far distance from a spouse, partner, or child, that person is or will be an “elder orphan.

In this Huffington Post blog post, aging advocate Carol Marak highlights the plight of aging adults who live alone or at a great distance from spouses, children, or other loved ones--sometimes called "elder orphans." According to Marak, 22 percent of Americans 65 and older are in danger of becoming elder orphans, and often suffer from depression and feelings of isolation. She offers suggestions for building community and starting a national conversation about those aging alone and sharing resources for support, including a significant social media presence.

[Article from: Caregiving Policy Digest, 16 (1), Jan. 29, 2015.]