Did you know?
- Over 40% of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives.
- Loneliness and isolation are especially common among the elderly.
- Loneliness doesn’t only affect us mentally, but physically as well:
- Chronic loneliness significantly increases our risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Loneliness suppresses the functioning of our immune system.
- Chronic loneliness increases our risk of an early death by 14%.
What can I do?
- Check in with friends or neighbors who live alone on a regular basis.
- If you feel isolated, check in with a health care provider about the possibility of a mental health issue. Depression can make you feel alone or unable to identify with the person around them.
- Seek out activities that help you engage with the community.
Who can help?
Ely Senior Center
Activities and meals
27 S First Ave E
Friendly visits, transportation and exercise groups for seniors
328 W Conan St
Northern Lights Clubhouse
Adults with mental health challenges have the opportunity to make and reach personal goals through meaningful work.
Need more help?
If you are unsure of what to do next and need more help, contact
Pathways to Wellness at 218-365-7929
to be connected with a Care Facilitator.