Health Care Decision Making for People Aging Alone

Isolation is a significant risk factor for abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation; and is a common experience even in our interdependent and increasingly interconnected world. For people who, by choice or circumstance, function without the support system traditionally provided by family; isolation is an ever-looming threat. These individuals – otherwise known as “Solos,” are the subject of a new report prepared by the Citizens League and the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, in collaboration with researcher Linda Camp, and supported by funding from the Bush Foundation. This report: “A Backup Plan for Solos,” explores health care decision making for solo adults, examines demographic characteristics of this group, and makes recommendations for future actions to be taken to best serve a growing segment of our aging population. The full report can be found here.