As seen on guideposts.org
In 2018, the Good Samaritan Society is collaborating with Guideposts magazine to bring you the series, Living Longer, Living Better. We hope these life-affirming stories — no matter your age or stage of life — help you find meaning and hope.
Because each person experiences loneliness differently, and for different reasons, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
“When we talk about solutions to loneliness, we have to bring together many ideas. It will take a community of care,” says Judy Ryan, retired president and CEO of the Good Samaritan Society. “There is something in the way a community is designed and structured that can be optimized for connectivity and gratitude.”
Judy explains this concept in the video below.
Can technology help?
Everyone needs relationships. No one thrives alone.
Almon Adams is a prime example of that. As he ages, he struggles to remember some things that used to come to him easily. Few family members live nearby, which limits their ability to visit. Loneliness has become a growing concern.
But a new program called Kin Ministry is helping him connect with a trusted volunteer and with family members.
Loneliness isn’t just a feeling. It can cause depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep problems and other health issues. But pursuing interests and being social can alleviate some of these concerns.
Check out the infographic here to learn how loneliness can affect your health and well-being, and discover tips to combat loneliness. Consider printing and sharing this information with the caregivers and family members in your life.
Connecting with kids
Great things happen when the young and young-at-heart come together. Activities with children can boost adults’ self-confidence and purpose. Helping others also can contribute to better health and decreased loneliness.