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The detrimental health effects of loneliness have been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Considering that loneliness affects 43 percent of the 40 million people over the age of 65, this problem is enormous in scope and devastating to both our economy and our sense of social responsibility.

Creating and strengthening social connections is a significant differentiator for Element3 Health. Researchers have discovered that inclusion in clubs, groups and social activities offers a significant protection against loneliness and social isolation – improving health, quality of life and cost of care. In fact, several studies have established that the positive effects of being socially connected are stronger than the negative effects of social isolation.

Element3 Health’s GroupWorks platform brings older adults together around their passions, establishing connections to group activities that bring enjoyment, fulfillment and purpose to their lives. In doing so, GroupWorks creates the positive bonds that counter the proven negative effects of loneliness. It is a free club management platform that makes it easier for older adults to socialize – all while reducing their risk of heart disease, diabetes and cognitive decline.

How Social Isolation Transforms the Brain

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…
Loneliness and Social Isolation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan: An International Survey

Loneliness and Social Isolation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan: An International Survey

The Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with The Economist, conducted a cross-country survey of adults in United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan to examine people’s views of and experiences with loneliness and social isolation. The survey, the second in partnership with…
Loneliness is Toxic: A 75-year study of 724 Men

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…
Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality

Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality

It’s not too late: Creating strong social connections can reverse the negative effects of loneliness. Actual and perceived social isolation are both associated with increased risk for early mortality. In this meta-analytic review, our objective is to establish the overall and relative magnitude of social isolation and…
Build Social Connections to Fight Loneliness

Build Social Connections to Fight Loneliness

Studies show that strong social relationships save lives.You may be good at building your retirement nest egg — but paying attention to building your social circle, not just your IRA balance, may be equally important. Taking practical steps to combat chronic loneliness — which afflicts about 28…
Socializing for your Health? How Staying Connected is Just as Important as Staying Active

Socializing for your Health? How Staying Connected is Just as Important as Staying Active

While you should still exercise for cardiovascular health, weight management and strength benefits, strong relationships and a sense of togetherness can lead to healthier and longer lives. Nearly every major medical research center in the country is involved in studies to better understand the connection between…