A report released on Tuesday aims to combat social isolation and loneliness among seniors, which research has shown can have significant negative impacts on mental and physical health.

The report, spearheaded by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) and the South Carolina Department on Aging (SCDOA), comes after a task force of more than 40 stakeholders from across state agencies studied the issue for months.

“The report is meant to be a call to action, it is not something to sit on a shelf,” Maya Pack, the Executive Director of the IMPH, said.

Read the full story by Nick Neville here.