AARP Launches Support Platform For 50-Plus Population

From AARP:

WASHINGTONAARP Community Connections, a new online platform launched by AARP Innovation Labs today, allows users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones. Across the country, these informal online groups–also called “mutual aid” groups–help communities stay connected at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay safe.

“We may need to be physically isolated, but we don’t have to feel alone,” said Andy Miller, Senior Vice President of AARP Innovation Labs. “Through this innovative platform, people in need of help from–or who want to offer help to–their communities are empowered to engage. In this unprecedented time, AARP remains committed to helping the 50-plus population, and AARP Community Connections is one more way we’re innovating to improve our communities.”

AARP Community Connections includes multiple resources to help those who are feeling isolated, depressed, overwhelmed or anxious. Users are able to:

— Request a call from an AARP volunteer, or a trained counselor;

— Easily create an account with Savo to make connecting with their families easier;

— Join “The Mighty,” a safe, supportive online community for people facing health challenges and their caregivers.

Social isolation was a common problem, even before the coronavirus pandemic: A 2020 study, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and supported by AARP Foundation, reported 43 percent of adults age 60 or older said they had felt lonely. And, while social isolation and loneliness are serious health issues by themselves, they can also exacerbate existing health problems, such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. AARP Community Connections helps people reach out to volunteers in their community who are willing to help their neighbors with their unique needs.

AARP Community Connections is live and completely free to use, and AARP membership is not required. For more information, visit

About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.



  1. I’m breaking my silence for this post. This is a serious side effect issue of the immediate COVID crisis. Hopefully,any OIB readers might take advantage of this information. Thank you to OIB for posting this.

  2. Tuesday afternoon I received a phone call from FaithActs with a welfare call on how I was doing and if I needed any help with anything like shopping etc. and for me to feel free to reach out to them if I did needed assistances.

    1. Donald,
      I will admit that I made mistakes in the past writing various comments because they went waaaay over the line. Luckily,my comments are “under moderation” and OIB did not post my “over the line” comments and I appreciate that. In the last few months,I’ve tried to do a better job of writing comments that were printable but, WITHOUT A DOUBT, were highly critical of governance and the political power structure in our City of Bridgeport. Some we’re posted but some were not. As I saw some comments not being posted,I asked myself,,,,,,WHY EVEN TRY?


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