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  1. In the United States, a 2012 study found that “between 20 and 43 per cent of American adults over age 60 experienced “frequent or intense” loneliness.” That’s about 9 million people. Brigham Young University psychology and neuroscience professor, Julianne Holt-Lunstad explains that loneliness is typically defined as: “the perceived discrepancy between one’s desired level of social connection and their actual level of social connection.” This addresses the fact that some people who are not socially involved with other people do not feel lonely, while others who are surrounded by many people suffer increased feelings of alienation. How Does Loneliness Affect Us? Lonely people are less healthy than non-lonely counterparts. These feelings can make long-term conditions worse and increase the likelihood of premature death. Click below to read more: Loneliness & Your Health | Cape Gazette WWW.CAPEGAZETTE.COM In the United States, a 2012 study found that “between 20 and 43 percent of American adults over age 60 experienced “frequent or intense” loneliness.” That’s about 9 million people. Brigham Young...
  2. SAN FRANCISCO -- Loneliness runs deep among middle-age minority women living in North Philadelphia, researchers said here, suggesting a bigger problem in urban America generally. Among 50 African-American and Hispanic women interviewed in detail, 70% reported struggling with mental health issues, reported Jennifer Trinh, MD, of Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Many of these midlife women (ages 35-60, mean 50.3) reported their loneliness stemmed from a combination of trauma and loss, unhealthy family and romantic relationships, feeling the burden of responsibility, and a lack of supportive relationships. Click below to read more: Social Isolation, Loneliness Real for Midlife Minority Women WWW.MEDPAGETODAY.COM Under-recognized difficulties in urban America
  3. I was riding a bus recently and noticed an older man sitting outside a coffee shop on a busy sidewalk. He had set up a chessboard on the table in front of him, and he watched as people passed by, mostly engrossed in their phones. His eyes kept jumping from person to person, searching for someone to notice and join him for a game of chess. Right before the traffic cleared and my bus moved on, he reached over to make the first move and then resumed his searching. Loneliness is rampant, and it’s killing us—literally. Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk for developing a range of physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and depression. This is a public health problem that needs to be addressed on a wide scale. Click below to read more: A Solution for Loneliness WWW.SCIENTIFICAMERICAN.COM Get out and volunteer, research suggests
  4. BIG Pit National Coal Museum opened the doors of Torfaen's first Men's Shed on Friday. The Coal Shed was opened by Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle. It will offer a space for men to socialise and take part in communal activities. She was joined by members of Torfaen County Borough Council and Blaenavon Town Council, including council leader Antony Hunt, members of the Men’s Sheds initiative and Big Pit staff. Ms Neagle said: “I am really proud to see that Men’s Sheds have arrived in Torfaen with the Coal Shed in Blaenavon being the first one to open in the constituency. Click below to read more: Launch of Torfaen's first Men's shed at Big Pit WWW.FREEPRESSSERIES.CO.UK BIG Pit National Coal Museum opened the doors of Torfaen's first Men's Shed on Friday.
  5. Elderly men are more likely to feel lonely and depressed and have suicidal thoughts than elderly women when living alone, a study showed Tuesday. According to the study conducted by a research team at Seoul National University (SNU) College of Nursing, men's average level of feeling loneliness was 44.5 points out of 80, higher than women's 40.7. Men also showed worse depressive states with an average of 6.3 points out of 15, compared to women with 4.5. For the study, the research team conducted in-depth interviews for three months from last August with 1,023 elderly citizens (796 women and 227 men) aged over 65 who were living alone in Gyeonggi Province. The study was published in the latest issue of the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics journal. Click below to read more: Elderly men more vulnerable to depression than women when living alone WWW.KOREATIMES.CO.KR Elderly men are more likely to feel lonely and depressed, and have suicidal thoughts than elderly women when living alone, a study showed, Tuesday.
  6. A report has recommended that health services for adult social care in Northamptonshire needs to be more ‘integrated’ when the new unitary authorities are created in 2021. Tackling loneliness and giving greater assistance to the black and mixed ethnicity (BAME) community are also highlighted as key things to tackle in the report, which has been written up by councillors on the overview and scrutiny committee of Northampton Borough Council. A specific task panel was set up by the council after a motion in July last year was agreed, which called on the committee to carry out an investigation into adult social care facilities in the area. Click below to read more: Adult social care needs to be 'more integrated' when unitary takes over control in Northampton - Northampton Chronicle and Echo WWW.NORTHAMPTONCHRON.CO.UK A report has recommended that health services for adult social care in Northamptonshire needs to be more ‘integrated’ when the new unitary authorities are created in 2021.
  7. A California museum’s new exhibit dedicated to exploring loneliness among senior citizens serves as an example of how to combat the very problem it highlights. By recruiting local seniors to design the exhibit, the museum fostered conversations and prompted participants to forge bonds that helped reduce the very social isolation they were working to illustrate. The exhibit, which opened in April, grew out of a push by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to raise awareness of the American epidemic of loneliness. More than one in five adults in the U.S. report feeling lonely, isolated, or lacking in companionship. This isolation can have an adverse impact on people’s physical health, especially among elderly people, who are often the hardest hit by social isolation. Lonely adults over 60 have been shown to have a 45% higher risk of death compared to more socially connected peers and a 59% higher risk of mental and physical decline. Click below to read more: How 186 seniors built a community while combatting isolation - Shareable WWW.SHAREABLE.NET This museum’s new exhibit dedicated to exploring loneliness among senior citizens serves as an example of how to combat the very problem it highlights.
  8. A café in Portobello is doing its bit to tackle loneliness with a designated table for strangers to meet and chat. Butternut Squash is a bright and welcoming eatery just a short walk from Portobello's promenade, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. The value for money diner has now also added something new to the menu...a good old fashioned natter with other customers. As of this week, customers can choose to sit at the "chatter and natter table" in Butternut Squash if they are "happy to talk to other customers". Click below to read more: Portobello eatery introduces 'chatter and natter' table for lonely diners - Edinburgh Live WWW.EDINBURGHLIVE.CO.UK Co-owner Keith hopes that the table will become a place to go for people who have no one to speak to
  9. Loneliness is well known to be an epidemic in the UK - but isolated pensioners in one North Staffordshire village know they have a friend who will take them out for a cup of tea. Kind-hearted Helen Taylor worked for Age UK based at Brinsley Avenue Medical Practice in Trentham, supporting elderly people living on their own until funding ran out. But the 57-year-old, of Lask Edge, refused to let that stop the good work and has carried on doing her best to be a good friend to the pensioners living around Trentham. Click below to read more: Meet 'amazing' volunteer Helen tackling loneliness one cup of tea at a time! - Stoke-on-Trent Live WWW.STOKESENTINEL.CO.UK Helen Taylor has been nominated for a Sentinel Our Heroes award
  10. Established by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), BeConnected has already helped scores of elderly, disabled or otherwise isolated members of the community to make new friends and engage in a wide range of activities. Now the scheme is set for a bright future thanks to a grant of nearly £60,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund which distributes money raised by National Lottery players to good causes. Led by SARH, the area's leading provider of affordable homes, BeConnected includes a programme of fun and free activities including arts, crafts, gardening and exercise classes at easy to access venues across the borough. Click below to read more: Project to help loneliness in Stafford given £60,000 WWW.EXPRESSANDSTAR.COM A project aimed at tackling loneliness in Stafford has been handed nearly £60,000.
  11. A Starbeck cafe is going above and beyond to tackle our district's hidden epidemic of loneliness, by making social interaction the bread and butter of everything it does. Introducing shared tables, simply saying hello, and having staff sitting down to get to know customers by name is producing important and meaningful results at Karen's Bistro on Starbeck High Street - where, if someone comes in on their own and would like company, they are encouraged to sit with others. It's become such an embedded culture at this cafe, that regulars are now taking it upon themselves to cheerfully say hello and invite newcomers to join them. One recent customer said their visit was the first time they haven't dined alone in more than 10 years. Click below to read more: The Starbeck cafe that's going above and beyond to tackle our district's loneliness crisis - Harrogate Advertiser WWW.HARROGATEADVERTISER.CO.UK A Starbeck cafe is going above and beyond to tackle our district's hidden epidemic of loneliness, by making social interaction the bread and butter of everything it does.
  12. BERKELEY, Calif. — By now, we should all be aware of the health dangers that come with a lack of sleep, but new research from the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleeping habits can also lead a person — and even those around them — to become more anti-social. The study finds that chronically sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to be around or engaging with others. They avoid close contact in many of the same ways as those with severe social anxiety. Compounding these problems is that the alienating energy produced by sleep-deprived people makes them more socially unattractive to others. The study shows well-rested people often feel lonely after a brief encounter with a sleep-deprived person, showing that social isolation can be contagious in some ways. Click below to read more: Poor Sleep Makes People Feel Lonely, Anti-Social - And The Effect Is 'Contagious' - Study Finds WWW.STUDYFINDS.ORG By now, we should all be aware of the health dangers that come with a lack of sleep, but new research from the University of California, Berkeley suggests that poor sleeping habits can also lead a person to...
  13. GREEN-FINGERED older Silhillians can beat loneliness and do a spot of gardening after new allotments were opened in the borough. The allotments area has been created at Birmingham Business Park, and Age UK Solihull have been allocated two of the six beds as the park’s charity of the year 2019. Age UK Solihull users are able to visit the allotments as often as they like, growing vegetables with the support of on-site landscapers, and taking produce home with them. Click below to read more: Allotments open in a bid to tackle loneliness SOLIHULLOBSERVER.CO.UK GREEN-FINGERED older Silhillians can beat loneliness and do a spot of gardening after new allotments were opened in the borough.
  14. Urban minority midlife women commonly experience significant loneliness due to strained family and romantic relationships, responsibilities as a caregiver, past trauma and social isolation, according to new research being presented today at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting here. Supportive relationships were identified as protective against feelings of loneliness. Loneliness has long been linked with detrimental health effects. Social isolation has been associated with functional decline and increased mortality in the elderly. Loneliness in midlife women has been linked to a higher incidence of coronary artery disease. Among low-income populations, loneliness has been associated with anxiety and depression. Click below to read more: Strained relationships, past trauma and family responsibilities contribute to loneliness among midlife women MEDICALXPRESS.COM Urban minority midlife women commonly experience significant loneliness due to strained family and romantic relationships, responsibilities as a caregiver, past trauma and social isolation...
  15. Jordanne McMullan, 27, and Aimee Franks, 26, wanted to make new friends Created a local group where women could come and hang out with 'no drama' The group 'Sheesiders' meet up weekly for book clubs, BBQ's and drinks Two women are aiming to combat loneliness and stamp out toxic friendships by creating a safe space where women can hang out. Jordanne McMullan, 27, and Aimee Franks, 26, from Middlesborough, both moved away from their hometown for university and work and when they came back realised they'd lost friends along the way. With loneliness on the rise and knowing it's not just them two affected by it they created a local group where women could come and hang out with 'no drama or beef'. Click below to read more: Two pals who struggled with loneliness and 'toxic friendships' create a girls-only group | Daily Mail Online WWW.DAILYMAIL.CO.UK Jordanne McMullan, 27, and Aimee Franks, 26, from Middlesborough, both moved away from their hometown for university and work. When they came back realised they'd lost friends along the way
  16. Volunteers are being trained to fight elderly loneliness in the borough. Waltham Forest Council’s new buddying scheme is designed to fight the rise of social isolation and offer support to the older generation. The move is part of the authority’s Connecting Communities programmes, which aims to get at least 50,000 people in the borough doing something positive for the community. The council is encouraging people to build social connections with others, learn new things, keep active, be mindful of others’ feelings and surroundings, and give to others through the scheme. Click below to read more: Elderly loneliness being fought with 'buddy' scheme WWW.GUARDIAN-SERIES.CO.UK Volunteers are being trained to fight elderly loneliness in the borough.
  17. This is an incredible story of selflessness, of one woman and a handful of volunteers who went above and beyond to give a little happiness to those who were on their own or homeless. What a wonderful world this would be if everyone shared the compassion and generosity of this lady and her helpers. "A selfless mum has put thousands of pounds of her own money into organising a Christmas dinner for lonely people. Mo Fayose held a Christmas dinner in Nottingham for more than 100 people with nowhere else to go. Together with a group of 20 volunteers, Mo cooked enough to serve up to people of all ages at Fenton Court, Fenton Road, Nottingham." Click below to read more: Mum spends thousands on organising a Christmas dinner for lonely people METRO.CO.UK She began by holding the event at her own home, but 'it went viral' and she needed to find a bigger venue.
  18. Welcome aboard to our newest member @Lee take a good look around and see what you make of the site and avail yourself of all the features.
  19. The link between problem debt and social isolation in Northern Ireland is highlighted in a new report due to be published today. According to national charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), a fifth of their clients suffering from problem debt have said they felt so low they didn’t leave the house for weeks at a time. The loneliness caused by financial hardship is revealed in the charity’s ‘Changing Perceptions’ report, which will be launched at Stormont this afternoon. The event will also mark 10 years of CAP serving some of the poorest families in Northern Ireland. Click below to read more: CAP report shines light on social problems caused by debt - Belfast Newsletter WWW.NEWSLETTER.CO.UK The link between problem debt and social isolation in Northern Ireland is highlighted in a new report due to be published today.
  20. Do you have a work wife? An office bestie? Someone to eat lunch with and gossip with at the water cooler? A shocking number of millennials are lacking these daily interactions – with 65% of 25-34-year-olds saying they find it hard to make professional friendships. In fact, three in 10 have quit at least one job to avoid a company’s social scene and 48% of 18-24-year-olds have called in sick because of difficult office cultures. The figures, published by Milkround, found that only 26% of people over the age of 55 found it hard to make friends at work – so why are younger people finding it so tricky? Click below to read more: Millennials can't make friends at work - and it's damaging our mental health METRO.CO.UK Just how important is it to have an office bestie?
  21. As our political discourse generates derision and dissension, our time in the virtual world crowds out our time in the actual one, and trust in our institutions and one another has plummeted, local places such as markets, libraries, and coffee shops can help. A new study shows that living near community-oriented public and commercial spaces bring a host of social benefits, such as increased trust, decreased loneliness, and a stronger sense of attachment to where we live. Americans who live in communities with a rich array of neighbourhood amenities are twice as likely to talk daily with their neighbours as those whose neighbourhoods have few amenities. More important, given the widespread interest in the topic of loneliness in America, people living in amenity-rich communities are much less likely to feel isolated from others, regardless of whether they live in large cities, suburbs, or small towns. Fifty-five per cent of Americans living in low-amenity suburbs reports a high degree of social isolation, while fewer than one-third of suburbanites in amenity-dense neighbourhoods report feeling so isolated. Click below to read more: America Needs More Community Spaces - The Atlantic WWW.THEATLANTIC.COM Living close to public amenities—from parks to grocery stores—increases trust, decreases loneliness, and restores faith in local government.
  22. We admit: here at the British Red Cross, we’re always talking about kindness. It’s because we believe it has the power to change someone’s world – and we see it happening, day in day out, through our incredibly selfless volunteers. So, to kick off OneKindThing, we wanted to dig a little deeper and see what you thought about kindness. We sent a survey out to over 2,000 people in the UK, and we’ve decoded its results.* The world needs it Three in four people admitted they could do more to be kinder to others. A massive 97 per cent agreed that if we all did just one kind thing a day, the UK would be a better place. If that’s not enough to make you want to do OneKindThing today, we’re not sure what is… Fighting loneliness ‘Making a difference’ can sometimes sound vague – what specific difference would you most like to make with an act of kindness? The top answer was to prevent people from feeling lonely. Click below to read more: Kindness: decoded BLOGS.REDCROSS.ORG.UK The Red Cross surveyed 2,000 people and found that kindness could make a huge difference to people's lives. Join us in doing #OneKindThing today.
  23. As health systems pay more attention to the effects of social determinants of health, a pair of studies presented at the 175th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), in San Francisco, California, shed light on a group for whom daily life itself can present ongoing stress: minority urban women. APA’s scientific briefing Sunday highlighted findings from Jennifer Trinh, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital, whose study of midlife minority women in North Philadelphia revealed isolation and loneliness, fueled by strained relationships, past trauma, and an abundance of responsibilities. A separate study presented Saturday by medical students from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School found that 30% of a small sample of Newark, New Jersey, residents met the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and women were 3 times more likely to screen positive. Click below to read more: Studies Reveal Loneliness, Trauma Effects Among Minority Urban Women WWW.AJMC.COM The 175th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, meeting in San Francisco, California, featured research about loneliness among minority women at midlife.
  24. In the next year, Minnesota will undergo a historic demographic shift: The population aged 65 and older is expected to outnumber the school-age population (5-17) for the first time. This shift is of special importance in St. Louis County, which already has a higher proportion of older residents than the Twin Cities. Given this impending demographic change, policymakers ought to focus on the mental health of this ageing cohort. It is well established that mental health is a major concern for the elderly. Over 20 per cent of all adults aged 60 and older suffer from a mental or neurological disorder. Given the high prevalence of mental health concerns among the elderly and the growing proportion of individuals who soon will fall into this demographic category, it is imperative that policymakers take steps now to address the issue. Click below to read more: Local View: Intergenerational communities can address aging populations | Duluth News Tribune WWW.DULUTHNEWSTRIBUNE.COM In the next year, Minnesota will undergo a historic demographic shift: The population aged 65 and older is expected to outnumber the school-age population (5-17) for the first time. This shift is of special...
  25. There is a big difference in being alone and being lonely. In a country with more than 320 million people, it is not always easy to be alone. No matter where we go, there seem to be people everywhere. But loneliness can come even in crowded cities, packed stadiums, filled arenas and on busy streets. We have probably all experienced times of loneliness when friends and family are far away and prospects of seeing them soon are improbable. Like the soldier in the song above, many who have gone into the military have had that lonely experience. For those in the draft era, many found themselves far from home through no wish of their own. Click below to read more: THIS AND THAT: Just a lonely sailor far from home | Features | aikenstandard.com WWW.AIKENSTANDARD.COM “… Now I’m a soldier, a lonely soldier
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