McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness
As change agents, remember when we had to fight to be heard about the impact of loneliness on the human spirit? In the nearly 14 years I’ve been doing this work, I recall a lot of strained conversations about well-being and quality of life being “soft science.” Yet, in the last few years, we are seeing a very affirming shift in perspective. Google the health impacts of loneliness, and it’s a very different story.
Today, McKnight’s features the work of Bill Thomas and The Eden Alternative on this issue in the following story, “Socialized medicine a must in LTC.” In the article, author (and McKnights Editor) James Berklan makes a call to action on the matter of loneliness. Share it in your learning circles and bring it up in board meetings. Loneliness kills, plain and simple.
Want more evidence to make your case? Check out a 2012 study covered in the Archives of Internal Medicine in our blog on it in the same year. Or share any one of the following articles with colleagues:
Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends are the Antidote (New York Times, Dec. 2016), Paula Span
Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness (New York Times, Sept. 2016), Katie Hafner
How Social Isolation is Killing Us (New York Times, Dec. 2016),
Loneliness May Be Bad for Your Heart (New York Times, April, 2016), Nicholas Bakalar
Here’s to making a difference in 2017!