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Our Mission Statement
The Best Day of My Life So Far provides a cure for social isolation, by empowering older adults to share life stories and inspiring human connection across generational and social divides.
About Social Isolation
11 million, or 28%, of older Americans are at risk for social isolation. Isolation is the cause of many physical and mental health issues such as depression, diabetes and lung disease. Isolation can also impair the immune system and increase cognitive decline. Additionally, isolated older adults face a 26% higher chance of early death. In 2020, with the country and world facing massive health, economic and social crises, “isolation” suddenly transformed into a household word and a shared experience across generations.
About Our Solution
Our solution for isolation is to twofold: to empower older adults to share life stories, and through the sharing of those stories, inspire genuine human connection across generational and social divides. Field tested nationwide and backed by international research, our storytelling programs deliver these 6 key benefits:
- Social Engagement
- Technological Engagement
- Intergenerational Engagement
- Cognitive Activity
- Reminiscence Activity
- Emotional Expression
Our name, “The Best Day of My Life So Far,” is grounded in the belief that you can turn any day into the best day of your life, just by sharing a story (whether it’s about good or bad times, ordinary or spectacular days) with someone who really cares to listen. Driven by a love of life and a love of people, we are a welcoming and supportive community where people of all ages and social, economic and cultural backgrounds can experience genuine human connection.
What We Do
We empower older adults to open up about their deeper thoughts and feelings by telling stories from their lives, while providing a range of training options so that everyone (from family members, youth, young adults, college students, to care professionals) can become skilled and compassionate listeners. We began providing a fluid mix of face-to-face and digital programming in 2009. In 2020, in response to the global pandemic, we expanded all of our programs to include more robust virtual options, and are ready to take our work into the future.
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