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Social isolation is a serious health issue. With the help of AARP Foundation and United Health Foundation, you can connect to a world of resources to help you stay healthy.

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Connect With C2A Chatbot

A lot of people feel lonely, or struggle to keep in touch with family and friends – but you don’t have to go at it alone. We invite you to connect with our friendly bot designed to chat with you over text or Messenger, with the goal of helping you rebuild social connections and stay connected.

Learn how C2A Chatbot works

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Social Check-In: How Connected Are You?

Social Check-In is an assessment you can take in 5 minutes using your smart speaker or smartphone’s voice assistant. You answer a few questions about yourself to find out your risk level and get support. All it takes to get started is your voice.

Get started with Social Check-In

Connect2 Family & Friends Safely This Holiday Season

C2A Holiday Connection Plan

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This holiday season is different, but, thankfully, there are still ways to lift your spirits as you celebrate with your friends, family, or “framily” (the family you choose).

Here are some ways to stay connected and feel festive when spending the holidays at home:

  • Put up seasonal decor for your own enjoyment
  • Let someone know you’re thinking of them — print and send a holiday care card with an invite to connect virtually (more on virtual events below)
  • Text someone the view from your window (or a pet picture) and ask them to do the same
  • Call someone you won’t see in person and schedule a time to chat during the holiday’s big moment or special tradition
  • Thank someone who’s helped you (postal workers worked extra hard this year) with some homemade treats
  • Make your New Year’s resolution to connect more and invite someone to a virtual meetup

Food Security: Quantity and Quality

For older adults who are struggling, food security isn’t just about having access to enough food — it’s about having information about and access to the nutritious foods that provide the best chance of staying healthy as we age. AARP Foundation has programs and services designed to give vulnerable older adults more opportunities to maintain a nutritious, affordable diet.

SNAP Application Assistance

AARP Foundation is helping to increase enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for eligible older adults so they can receive and use SNAP benefits to buy healthy food — affordably.

MyPlate for Older Adults

With the help of Tufts University, AARP Foundation developed a version of the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans that’s specifically tailored to the nutritional needs of people over the age of 50.

Workforce Assistance and Financial Resilience Programs See More

A rapidly changing economy and technological advances are fundamentally altering the nature of work — and that makes it more crucial than ever for older adults to learn new skills that will help them compete for today’s in-demand jobs. AARP Foundation equips older adults with the resources, know-how and training they need to unlock economic opportunity and build financial resilience.


BACK TO WORK 50+ provides the training and tools needed to compete with confidence for today's in-demand jobs.

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55 or older, unemployed and looking for work? Find out how we can help.

Work for Yourself@50+

Download the Work for Yourself@50+ toolkit to get started on your self-employment journey.

Find Help

Find the Local Help You Need

You can quickly and easily find help available in your own community through our Find Help page.

Manage Your Money from Home

Access free, easy-to-use financial technology tools from AARP Foundation and Chase. ·

Workforce and Finance Resilience

If you’re out of work call our free Work Resources Hotline at 1-855-850-2525 for information about programs and services that can help get you back to work and connect you to community resources.

Help During the Coronavirus Crisis

We may be isolated, but we don’t have to be alone. AARP Community Connections offers steps to find help – or give it – during the coronavirus pandemic.

Innovation at AARP Foundation See More

In 2020, we continue to enhance tools designed to equip low-income older adults with skills and resources to increase financial stabiliy and connection to their communities.

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is a comprehensive solution that enables low-income older adults to age in place by providing access to property tax refund and credit programs.
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Connect2Affect Connected Communities

Connect2Affect Connected Communities

Connected Communities is a voice-activated assistant and community management platform that empowers resident services coordinators to help residents be happier, healthier, and more connected. Learn more

Status of Local Programs and Workshops


In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, AARP Foundation is prioritizing the health of those we serve and the community at large. All of our in-person events are on hold for now, based on local health guidance.

The following programs are affected:

  • AARP Foundation Experience Corps - Although in-person volunteer tutoring is currently suspended, all of our programs are moving toward providing virtual tutoring this fall. For additional information, please contact your local program office.
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) - As of now, SCSEP participants will be on paid leave until further notice. Project directors will continue to operate the program remotely, and further decisions will be made as circumstances dictate.
  • Work for Yourself@50+ - With in-person workshops on hold for now, several of our community partners are hosting Work for Yourself@50+ workshops online. Please visit Work for Yourself@50+ to register for an online workshop.
  • BACK TO WORK 50+ - In-person workshops have been suspended for now; please call 855-850-2525 to find out about the availability of online workshops in your area. 

General announcements about AARP Foundation and its services will be updated on this page. Be sure to follow CDC guidelines (as detailed at while participating in any AARP Foundation programs and services.


Tackling Senior Poverty: Programs and Services


We’re tackling social isolation by exploring creative ways to help older adults connect and stay connected — to each other and to their communities

Legal Advocacy

AARP Foundation attorneys protect the rights of older adults, making sure they have a voice in the nation’s courts.


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