Though many will be spending February 14th with someone special, a good portion of people will feel lonely on Valentine’s Day.
According to the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), 19% of older adults in the United States suffer from loneliness, with a greater risk for unmarried older men, those who are married with a low household income and older adults in poor health.
In interviews on Monday, February 13th, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of AARP Foundation, will discuss a new survey revealing how older adults feel about romance and Valentine’s Day and also why this time of year may bring out feelings of loneliness and isolation. She will also share tips for those are vulnerable to feeling lonely and disconnected this time of year.
Lisa Marsh Ryerson has served as She is responsible for setting the Foundation’s strategic direction and for leading the charitable organization’s efforts to create opportunities for older Americans struggling with the interrelated issues of hunger, income, housing and isolation. Ms. Ryerson has received numerous awards and honors for her leadership and service, both at the Foundation and in previous positions. She has elevated the Foundation’s visibility through innovative collaborations with other organizations, such as the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Under her leadership, the Foundation has secured unprecedented funding to help local partners provide programs that truly work. Before joining AARP Foundation, Ms. Ryerson served as the president and CEO of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.