Emotional Well-being

If you need immediate help, please call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111.

Loneliness & Isolation

What is loneliness and social isolation?

Whereas social isolation can be measured by the number of personal contacts a person has, loneliness is the subjective feeling of distress that results from a lack of social contact and/or meaningful relationships. Older adults are particularly at risk.

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Social isolation and loneliness are both associated with negative physical and mental health consequences.

Are you lonely? Take this quiz to find out if you or someone you know may be feeling lonely or isolated, Connect2Affect Quiz.

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Do you know someone experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line: 1-833-736-4676

Weekly phone-based support and connection with Community Support Solutions. This free service is available to Washington County older adults (55+) experiencing loneliness and isolation. Participants are matched with a trained Peer Support Specialist and receive scheduled weekly phone calls. Se habla espanol.

Oregon Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633

Volunteer warm line available 24/7 with Lines for Life. Trained volunteers offer support and connection at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. Available in multiple languages.

Suicide risk increases with age. Older adults with depression visit the doctor and emergency room more often, incur higher outpatient charges and stay longer in the hospital. Depression is treatable.


No cost programs for help with late-life depression

Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) and Resolve

  • Eight sessions of in-home counseling followed by series of telephone-based support by counselor or peer mentor.
  • Teaches depression management technique, goal setting, problem-solving and social activation.
  • Free for Washington County residents 55+.

These programs offered through the following agencies:

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PEARLS:  Asian Health & Service Center: 503-872-8822 x200

PEARLS:  Jewish Family & Child Service: 503-226-7079 x124

Resolve:  Lifeworks Northwest: 503-641-1475, ask for the Resolve Program Specialist


How do you connect with someone who is isolated or lonely?

What would you say to them? What would a conversation look like with someone who is dealing with the challenges of dementia? Timeslips is a program that teaches creative engagement techniques that help inspire connection with our neighbors, clients and loved ones through joyful, non-judgmental, open-ended communication.

Learn how to create more community. Contact us to request a training. Timeslips is great for:

  • Family caregivers
  • Churches
  • Aging Service Organizations
  • Integenerational groups
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Watch a short video and learn more about Timeslips at Timeslips.org.


More resources for older adult behavioral health:

Hoarding Task Force and resources for excessive clutter collecting.

Suicide Prevention classes and training requests at Get Trained To Help.

Death Cafe, talk about death, learn about life, eat cake.

Project Visibility for LGBTQ+ Older Adults, training for groups and organizations, email Kera Magarill.

We have more information on dementia, loneliness, and older adult mental health! Connect with us to find a training that meets the needs of your group or organization.