Baby boomers are aging alone more than any generation in U.S. history. The lack of social contact among older adults costs Medicare billions a year on nursing homes and hospitalization for those who have less of a social network.
Greater social connectedness was associated with a 50% lower risk of early death. Lack of connection was associated with an increase risk of depression, cognitive decline and dementia. Loneliness is a looming public heath threat.
The Wall Street Journal article, "The Loneliest Generation", looks at this problem facing our seniors.
At Keen we want to address this lack of connection these Americans are experiencing. We want to bring together the person who might be living alone, who has an extra room, with someone who needs a place to stay, who can provide some companionship or willingness to help around the house.
Reciprocal living - connecting and helping each other.