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Innovation and Social Connection

United Way Young Leaders learned about the need for social connections at our volunteer opportunity, Forming Social Connections for Better Health. Some of us really felt inspired to make some changes and take action to make more meaningful social connections with older adults. Collectively, we are making change by powering the United Way movement as donors and volunteers. Individually, we can make change in our everyday lives as family members, as neighbors, as consumers, as employees or entrepreneurs to reduce social isolation. But how do we do that? What’s the next step?

At our next Think + a Drink, we are partnering with Aging2.0, which is a global innovation network on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through community, events, startup programs and content. Together, we will learn and think creatively about what we can all do to promote social connections for older adults. Maybe a product you work on in your professional life could be re-imagined as tool to build social connection for older adults? Maybe you would see your elderly neighbors more if you parked in front of your house rather than in the garage? Maybe you have an idea that no has thought of?

Join us for Think + a Drink: Aging 2-pint-0, February 15. Together, we can connect, learn, innovate in order to empower all of us collectively and individually to reduce social isolation among older adults.

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