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Battle Isolation by Staying Engaged

No matter how busy she is, and even when she’s on vacation, Erin McLeod stops every night at 10 p.m. to make a phone call. A simple phone call is one strategy to help counter social isolation among the elderly, a condition increasingly recognized as a health threat on par with smoking, and even more harmful than obesity.

Kiplinger
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How Loneliness Wears on the Body

The results suggested that people suffering from social isolation may be more prone to inflammation and less able to fight viral infections—which could be one reason why lonely elderly people are more susceptible to illnesses ranging from the common cold to dementia, and why they have higher mortality rates than their peers.

The Atlantic

How Hearing Loss Hits the Whole Family

While an estimated 90 percent of those with hearing loss can benefit from treatment, it’s one of the most underserved health conditions, says Lisa Tseng…This can have a big impact on marriages, families and friendships. “Their conversations get shorter, less frequent and less meaningful. Untreated, it creates problems not just for those who can’t hear but for everyone around them…”

AARP Life Reimagined

Dr. Robin Smith, best known as the Therapist-in-Residence for The Oprah Winfrey Show, provides tips on dealing with social isolation.

AARP
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Stuck at Home (together)

The Foundation for Art & Healing

As we physically isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our need for social connection remains. The UnLonely Project through the Foundation for the Art & Healing has resources and tools to engage in creative activities and enable social connections. Take a look.

The Foundation for Art & Healing
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World events plant new buzz terms into our public consciousness. This time, it’s “social distancing” — efforts to keep people healthy by keeping them apart. Social distancing can be many things...

The Washington Post
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