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When bonds are forged between generations, both the young and the old benefit. Maskot/DigitalVision via Getty Images

This course teaches students how to connect with older adults to forge intergenerational bonds and help alleviate loneliness and isolation

Social isolation and loneliness in aging adults have been linked to numerous physical and mental health ailments. Teaching students how to listen deeply to older people can lessen those effects.
Research shows that grandparents’ involvement in their grandchildren’s lives plays a critically important role in a child’s overall health and development. Mayur Kakade/Moment via Getty Images

Losing a grandmother can have long-lasting mental health effects for kids and adolescents, a new study finds

Models shows that some 4 million people in the US have lost a grandparent to COVID-19. But until now, there has been a dearth of research into the mental health effects of losing a grandparent.
Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being? (Shutterstock)

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.
Older adults can experience negative health effects due to social isolation. (Shutterstock)

Online arts programming improves quality of life for isolated seniors

Social isolation in older adults can contribute to negative health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, but an arts-based program can alleviate some of the loneliness.

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