There are many ways in which older people can engage in their communities and meet new people this Christmas.
Residents may be right to fear for their lives.
Individuals wearing virtual reality headsets often look isolated. But research shows they can experience profound emotions such as awe, which enhance their feelings of social connection and wellbeing.
Research shows that virtual reality experiences can help social disconnection and improve wellness - by inspiring awe.
Studies are showing that loneliness can be deadly, even more so than obesity.
Loneliness shortens our life spans and some studies suggest it's even more lethal than obesity. We are physiologically and psychologically primed for connection, so don't shrug off your loneliness.
Scammers target people who crave social contact.
Friendship helps protect against loneliness even when oldsters do not have dementia. It can be especially beneficial for those who do.
A recent study finds that friends ought not let friends with dementia be lonely. The surprising part? Why staying friends is good for the friend without dementia as well as for the one who has it.
It was supposed to bring us all together.
How has the first generation of kids to grow up with the iPhone been affected?
Hopper's brand of Americanism was a counterpoint to American optimism. Fifty years after his death, his legacy lives on.
An empty wheelchair – or is there a person there we do not see?
For many of the nation's poor, food and shelter are more important than health care. Questions of insurance coverage loom broadly, but another question lingers: how to treat the poor we do not see.
Get immersed enough in a good show, and you’ll enter a ‘flow state.’
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Don't listen to the headlines linking binge watching to depression and loneliness. It can be a positive experience – but only if we think of it as a good thing.
Loneliness in adults is often a result of loneliness in childhood.
Loneliness is a major cause of health problems, and many programs have aimed to alleviate it among the elderly. But it might be wise to treat loneliness at its roots, which for many is in childhood.
In a highly individualistic world where work prevents us from spending time with friends and family, a universal basic income could change society.
Does technology shackle us, preventing us from interacting with real people?
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Some have said that technology could lead to 'a new ice age' of social isolation. Not so fast, says the author of a new book about shyness.
Stop-motion may be associated with children, but in Anomalisa it effectively gives substance to a world that is recognisable, but just out of kilter.
Maybe I should just go talk to them?
A drug to treat loneliness may be on the cards. But would we want it?
Loneliness is not just about whether there are people around.
The unpleasant feelings of loneliness are subjective. Researchers have found they are less related to the amount of time spent alone and more related to the quality of relationships.
Combining age-related loneliness with other social issues could help breathe new life into public services.
Singing in a choir really can change your life for the better. And yes, anyone can do it
Too many older people feel socially excluded.
Older people aren't all lonely for the same reasons – we need different solutions to help them feel socially included.
One for the run?
Loneliness in older people is a serious issue but when I visited HenPower, a lottery-funded project in the north east that puts older people and hens together, I admit I had been expecting another worthy…