What is the loneliness epidemic?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on November 3, 2018 - 11:18am
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Recently, many health experts have been researching and discussing what they are calling the loneliness epidemic. From the NPR article, "Loneliness isn't just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being."
The article goes on to discuss the multiple health impacts of loneliness to include higher risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, influence on immune systems and even recovery from certain forms of breast cancer. The evidence points to a correlation between loneliness and increase risks for premature mortality.
I invite you to bookmark and listen to the following podcast The Loneliness Epidemic and use the lens of adult education as you listen. What is our role, if we even have one, in helping individuals develop social connections?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. What are you seeing in the classroom? And even, what are you seeing with your colleagues in the workplace? How can we address this surging epidemic? And - how do we prepare our staff to address this concern?