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Virtual programs help elderly combat pandemic-fueled loneliness

By Zachary Kussin Elise Langan was starting to feel lonely during lockdown, so she started taking virtual line-dancing classes. “It makes me feel like I’m able to do something that I did in my everyday life,” says Langan, a 65-year-old CUNY professor who lives on her own. She used to enjoy going to the gym, playing tennis and going to…
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June 11, 2020
GeneralNews

Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

Studies have shown that socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. Now a new study—the first to examine whether social isolation also affects health care spending among older adults—finds that a lack of social contacts among older adults is associated with an estimated $6.7 billion in.....
Element3 Health
February 26, 2019
GeneralNews

How Social Isolation Transforms the Brain

Chronic social isolation has debilitating effects on mental health in mammals—for example, it is often associated with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in humans. Now, a team of Caltech researchers has discovered that social isolation causes the build-up of a particular chemical in the brain, and that blocking this chemical...
Element3 Health
November 6, 2018
GeneralNews

Loneliness is Toxic: A 75-Year Study of 724 Men

Harvard University tracked 724 men over 75 years and discovered that more than education, more than economic standing, more than anything else in life, good relationships keep us happier and healthier. In this talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
Element3 Health
September 1, 2018