From the Desk of Dawn Quattlebaum | Our Shared Impact
These past 18 months have put a spotlight on one of the many challenging issues faced by older adults—social isolation. The older population is growing quickly, families are becoming more dispersed and reliable support networks are scarce. As a result, the CDC reports that nearly a quarter of Americans aged 65 and over are considered to be socially isolated. Locally, it is estimated by the United Health Foundation that older adults in the District are at the highest risk of social isolation compared to those in other states.
The pandemic forced all of us into isolation. The vaccine provided hope for returning to a familiar way of life, and as the Delta variant appeared and COVID-19 cases began to rise, your support allowed us to adjust and adapt. Through it all, we have consistently cared for older adults as part of the Seabury family—checking in on them, making sure they have meals they enjoy, and encouraging them to participate in Seabury’s virtual and in-person activities and wide variety of programming.
Building a caring community has been a priority for Seabury since 1924, when a donated house became a home for older widows. Addressing social isolation remains a critical part of our mission to help older adults age with dignity.