Growing older can be a difficult experience. With the population living longer than ever before, one of the most important keys to aging well is remaining connected to family and community. Social isolation and loneliness are barriers to staying as physically and mentally healthy as possible. In fact, research has shown that having more — or better quality — social and supportive relationships is related to decreased mortality. In fact, making an effort to connect with others at any age is a great investment in making our older years better.