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How Friendly Visitors Help

122,000 Orange County Seniors age 65+ live alone.

The Council on Aging’s Friendly Visitor Program offers a supportive social structure of trained volunteers who provide weekly positive interactions to frail and disabled adults. Through recurring home and telephone visitations, the program is also able to identify the client’s unmet needs and provide them with ongoing assistance in securing access to appropriate health and social services resources.

Risks associated with social isolation may include:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-medication
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Decrease of motor skills

The Council on Aging’s Friendly Visitor Program goal is to prevent and alleviate the physical and mental health risks linked to social isolation. This program benefits older and disabled adults by addressing loneliness and isolation often experienced by individuals who have no family members or support system.

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