Wider Circle is a network of groups across California that believe in purposeful connections. We have partnered with community-based organizations, health plans and city governments, including Redwood City and Long Beach, to help older adults engage more joyfully in life.
Building Wider Circle required a team of friends with a shared passion for healthcare, science and aging to join forces. Their research taught them an old fact of life; as we age, the natural progression of retirement and relocation shrinks our circle of friends, a critical pillar of our health. As Susan Pinker eloquently describes in her bestselling book, The Village Effect, “The lowest rate of dementia appears in people with face-to-face social networks.” With the help of hundreds of members in California, the team developed the “Connect for Life.” program to unleash the power of community to boost well-being.