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Social Connectedness - Retirees

Social connections improve physical health, mental and emotional well-being. Many of us are feeling disconnected these days. SFHSS Well-Being Team is working to nurture and support your collective health, emotional and physical well-being. 

What is Social Connectedness?  

Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines social connectedness as “the degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated, or shares resources with other persons or groups.”

There are many opportunities to connect with others. Check out the resources below to explore ways to connect, feel  empowered, increase health and wellness, and foster connections!


Take Action!


Connect With Others - Sign up for one activity so you can engage and connect with others on topics that interest you most.


Build and Support Your Community - Identify one way that you can build your community, whether is volunteering, engaging in local library activities or supporting your small businesses around you.

Connections & Empowerment

When we cultivate connections, we learn from each other. We empower ourselves to promote our own well-being. Use the resources below to help support your social and emotional health, and foster connections.

San Francisco Health Service System

Explore seminars and virtual Group Exercise classes

San Francisco Recreation & Parks

The Golden Gate Park Senior Center. Find information on programs and virtual classes just for seniors.

Institute On Ageing

Lifelong Learning Courses for Seniors in the Bay Area.

Well-Being & Community

Improving our well-being and having a core community reduces our stress and allows us to focus on our wellness habits and wellbeing of those around us. Interested in exploring your well-being and building community? Click on the resources below. 

San Francisco Human Services Agency

LGBTQIA+ Care Navigation Program

San Francisco Library

Explore opportunities to build community and engage.


Bay Area Volunteer Opportunities for Older Adult Groups

Well-Being Benefits for Retirees

Be sure to go to our Well-Being Retiree Resources page where you will find information and links to many benefits and resources available to you under your SFHSS health plan.

Topics include physical activity, healthy eating, emotional health, stress management and sleep, routine and preventive care and others.

Additional Healthy Aging Resources

City and County of San Francisco's Department of Disability and Aging Services

San Francisco's Department of Public Health's Community and Home Injury Prevention Project for Seniors (CHIPPS) Program

The CDC's Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions Resource Page

The World Health Organization's Factsheets, Guides, and Databases on Ageing

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