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December Webinar- The Loneliness Epidemic
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Isolation and loneliness comprise the single greatest global health crisis facing aging adults. As members of a social species, being on the social perimeter is not only bad for us, it is dangerous. Health researchers, care professionals, government officials, social sciences, and others are sounding the alarm about the hidden costs and toxic consequences of what many are calling the “loneliness epidemic.”

12/14/2017
When: 12/14/2017
Central, 12 PM Mountain, 11 AM Pacific
Where: United States
Contact: Travis M. Reynolds
303-951-6594


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Overview:

Isolation and loneliness comprise the single greatest global health crisis facing aging adults. As members of a social species, being on the social perimeter is not only bad for us, it is dangerous. Health researchers, care professionals, government officials, social sciences, and others are sounding the alarm about the hidden costs and toxic consequences of what many are calling the “loneliness epidemic.” There is broad agreement that it is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore this issue. Both Japan and England have launched wars on loneliness. Research shows healthy connection can slow decline due to aging. Bruce will discuss the research, what can be done and new neuroscientific research that indicates, importantly, a biological component to loneliness and a plausible path to treatment of it and other mood-related diseases.


Learning Objectives:

1. Isolation and loneliness deserve serious attention as a public health risk.

2. Social and neuroscientist research tell us that there are grave consequences to loneliness, but that simple strategies may help in combatting it, including recognizing it and understanding the damage that loneliness does to the brain.

3. Not all who are alone are lonely. Truly listening is critical. Distinguishing between those who are lonely and those who, in their aloneness, feel a sense of “gerotranscendence” or acceptance is important.


Presenter:

Bruce Frankel

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