WCH CONNECTJune 24, 2019

Missed the Facebook Live about loneliness? Watch it here

  • June 24, 2019
  • BY Jaimie Roebuck

While loneliness may come second to other leading chronic conditions, global news headlines have started to warn of its dangers. We are born to build connections – with family, with friends and with our communities. But in this hyper-connected world, loneliness among older adults has emerged as an alarming public health problem.

In partnership with the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO), Dr. Rachel Savage, a postdoctoral fellow at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) under the supervision of Dr. Paula Rochon led a Facebook Live about loneliness in older adults and why it’s important to stay socially engaged and involved.

Dr. Savage addressed the common misconception that social isolation is synonymous with loneliness. She went on to explain how loneliness can lead to a series of mental and physical health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, depression, dementia and suicide.

Dr. Savage continued the conversation by talking about loneliness as a risk factor for mortality and she explained what doctors can do for patients who are suffering from this complex human emotion.

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in, you can learn more by watching the full video here.

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