Why it Matters
Inclusion is Key
Isolation among seniors is a growing problem, leading to health risks and depression. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Recognizing seniors in our lives for their accomplishments and sacrifices is the first step to building a society that embraces aging.
A Growing Population
The senior population is expected to double by 2050, and the 85+ population will triple in that time. Seniors are the fastest growing population in the world, and the number of seniors will only continue to grow. Currently, 14.3 million seniors live alone, and the number of single-person households increases with age.
Seniors who experience social isolation are more at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure – even dementia. Some researchers say it is just as hazardous to health as smoking. According to the National Council on Aging, nearly 1 in 3 socially isolated seniors expect their quality of life to get worse in the next decade.
Communities that produce the most centenarians share traits of social integration, community support, and family involvement. Culture matters – seniors who live in cultures that value, respect, and integrate them into the community live longer and have a better quality of life. Together, we can build this culture.
Why Granting Wishes Helps
The granting of a Wish is a simple act, yet the outcomes are profound. Our wish recipients report that they are happier, healthier, and feel more involved in the world after experiencing their Wish. By reaching out to elders in our lives, we can all help show them they are loved and appreciated. We connect seniors with people, purpose, and passions to eliminate their feelings of isolation and help them live vibrant, purposeful lives. LEARN MORE >