Current Report Articles
KHI Focuses on Social Isolation
Woman Alone (May 1, 2020) – The Kansas Health Institute highlighted social isolation in the time of COVID-19 in their recent edition of A Kansas Twist. It has been reported that nearly one in four adults over the age of 65 experience social isolation; and with social distancing guidelines in place, that number may be even higher. Social isolation has been linked to a reduction in quality of life and health outcomes, and increased risk of all-cause mortality, putting it on par with other major health risk factors such as smoking and obesity. AARP Kansas and KHI recently collaborated to assess social isolation among older adults in Kansas as part of the broader AARP Disrupt Disparities initiative. Through that partnership, KHI released a report, Disrupting Disparities in Kansas: A Review of Social Isolation Among Older Adults.
--Karen Braman