At least 8 million adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that can impair mental performance, compromise the immune system and increase the risk of vascular, inflammatory and heart disease. A campaign launched Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the AARP Foundation aims to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans. Prolonged social isolation can equal the health risks of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to a report from the AARP Foundation. Agencies that provide Home and Commuinty Based Services are the front lines to combatting this issue by offering programs such as home-delivered meals, congregate nutrition, in-home aide, transportation and companion services. For more information on services in your region contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the Eldercare Locator call center at: (800) 677-1116.