When the pandemic hit, green space was there for us at a time when others weren’t or couldn’t be. Urban greening might be the solution to the ‘lonelygenic environment’ that our cities have created.
A white paper launched today reveals four actions governments, researchers and policymakers can take to combat loneliness.
For the areas of cities with less than 10% green space, increasing that to 30% could cut the overall odds of residents becoming lonely by a quarter.
Many who are lonely will overlook their own emerging signs of loneliness in hope these feelings will go away once around other people.
Loneliness is a bigger cause of death than a poor diet, obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise, and it’s on a par with heavy smoking. So let’s get talking about it.
Simple policies, such as the free bus pass for older adults, not only reduce loneliness but also help older people maintain cognitive function.
Loneliness is often triggered by significant life events, and young people have these in abundance. But the solution isn’t as simple as joining a group or trying harder to make friends.
Increasing numbers of older Australians don’t own their homes. Whether they are private renters or live in social housing can make a big difference to their risk of loneliness and anxiety.
By trying to tackle just the health impact of loneliness, scientists risk ignoring the underlying causes.
As part of a new strategy to combat loneliness GPs will be able to prescribe social activities. But is this ethical?
Half of Australians feel lonely for at least one day a week, while one in four feel lonely for three or more days. This can impact on sleep, heart health and levels of anxiety.
The condition is nothing short of a public health emergency.
Both young and old can feel like they don’t belong. But loneliness is a social problem, with a social solution.
This month, we're talking risk. Three experts give their perspective on how long you might live, how to deal with loneliness – and how to step outside your comfort zone.
Older people are less lonely than we think, but more importantly loneliness is something they face all year round – not just at Christmas.
Residents may be right to fear for their lives.
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.
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.