A recent study by the AARP Foundation found that 1 in three U.S. adults 45 and older are lonely. Specifically:
[T]he new survey looked at the relationship between loneliness of midlife and older adults and their connections to neighbors. Sixty-one percent of those who have never spoken to a neighbor are lonely, compared with 33 percent of those who have spoken to a neighbor.
“Connecting with our neighbors is about more than goodwill; it’s also about good health,” Ryerson said. “An act as simple as saying hello and striking up a conversation with your neighbor can make a huge difference in helping someone who is lonely or isolated feel more connected to their community.”
With that in mind, it’s no wonder that experts agree that cohousing can be a powerful remedy to social isolation by creating opportunities to connect and engage with one’s local community on a regular basis. The video below from PBS NewsHour is a great exploration of the benefits of cohousing.