Loneliness isn’t just joyless. It can shorten your life, increasing the risk of premature death by 30 percent.

That’s why AARP North Carolina has teamed up with the YMCA of Western North Carolina to sponsor the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge. The challenge aims to reduce social isolation while helping participants achieve their personal health goals.

For details about the challenge and a calendar of events, go to DisruptAgingChallenge.org. To read about other efforts to make Buncombe County increasingly age-friendly, go to aarp.org/livable-communities and download or order the 2017 edition of Where We Live.