Why We Do What We Do
Social isolation and loneliness is a growing public health crisis and older adults are at particular risk.
Research shows that social isolation has an impact on mortality equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
Social isolation and loneliness are linked to adverse health consequences including depression, cognitive decline, poor cardiovascular function and impaired immunity.
Nearly half of U.S. adults report that they sometimes or always feel alone; 35% of older adults report they’re socially isolated.
How We Make a Difference
The power of social connections can be transformative.
For over 40 years DOROT has been an innovative leader in designing programs that enhance the lives of older adults. Our vital, supportive services and opportunities build social connections with peers and other generations.
In just the last 15 years:
Older adults benefited from more than a half-million DOROT visits, meals, classes, intergenerational programs and other services.
Nearly 1 million hours
Volunteers of all ages have given almost one million hours to creating bonds of friendship, providing support and the vital human connections that protect against loneliness.
DOROT proudly serves older adults with a range of solutions to address the complex causes of loneliness and social isolation.
The inevitable decline in social circles and mobility challenges all contribute to their vulnerability and increased risk for serious health issues.
Our signature programs are designed to bring social connection to older adults – which is critically important, for those who have difficulty leaving their homes without support.
DOROT’s Friendly Visiting program builds human bonds: 84% of older adults say they feel more socially connected, and 97% of volunteers say DOROT makes a positive difference in their lives.
DOROT’s Door to Door travel program supports independence: 77% of participants say the travel companion service helps them feel more comfortable aging in their home, and 81% say the program helps them improve or maintain their health.
Our social workers provide vital services: 66% of older adults who use DOROT’s home-based services say that they have more resources to assist them with their needs.