Audio-Reader's Impact in 2020
Fighting Isolation: Our Impact in 2020 by the Numbers
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Nearly one quarter of Americans aged 65 and older who live in community settings are socially isolated.
Loneliness kills. It poses a greater threat to health than obesity, and its life-shortening effects are comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Data reported by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Social isolation is a threat to the physical and mental health of seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Audio-Reader fights isolation by providing real voices that connect our listeners to news and information from their communities.
The familiar voice of a volunteer that cares is Audio-Reader.
A world of information: hundreds of accessible newspapers, magazines and books in 2020
A constant companion: 54 closed circuit radios distributed to new listeners
Staying connected: 11,882 calls to our Telephone Reader service
Fostering independence: 3,826 calls to our weekly grocery ads
New ways to listen: 19,474 Amazon Alexa sessions in 2020
Digital on demand: 2,591 podcast plays in 2020
Reaching out for information: 16,931 visits to our website
A mammoth effort: more than six thousand audio files uploaded by volunteer home readers in 2020
Audio-Reader served thousands of blind, visually-impaired and print-disabled individuals in 2020.
Through our radio broadcast, Amazon Alexa skill, special request program and Telephone Reader service, Audio-Reader is working every day to fight isolation and keep our listeners informed, connected and safe.