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Social Isolation

Roses in Concrete: Helping Isolated Boys and Men

Kim Samuel | Posted 11.15.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

"Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet." - Tupac ...

Male Isolation: Recognizing the Invisible Men in our Midst

Kim Samuel | Posted 10.24.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

A young African-American man lives beneath the surface, "rent-free in a building rented strictly to whites, in a section of the basement that was shut...

The Growing Problem of Social Isolation and What to Do About It

Lena Aburdene Derhally | Posted 05.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lena Aburdene Derhally

It might sound like everything is working against us if we want to have close friendships, meaningful interactions and a supportive and loving community but there are things we can do to have high quality friendships, even we don't have proximity on our side. Here are some tips to foster and sustain close relationships:

Confronting Attawapiskat's PTSD: The Painful Trauma of Spiritual Disconnection

Kim Samuel | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

The tragic events that unfolded this month in the Attawapiskat First Nation in Northern Ontario are prompting soul-searching as well as sorrow; intros...

Single Women in Solitude: A Slippery Slope

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 02.19.2017 | Fifty
Bobbie Brinegar

As we age, social contacts tend to decrease due to changes like retirement or the death of friends and family. Declining heath, limited mobility, fixed incomes and the challenge of making new friends can deter us from staying active in the game of life.

New Research Highlights the Physical Ills of Social Isolation

Lisa Marsh Ryerson | Posted 02.19.2017 | Fifty
Lisa Marsh Ryerson

Social isolation hurts -- physically hurts. Indeed, it's a growing public health crisis. That's the compelling message of a recent important article highlighting research on the health effects of feeling lonely and being socially isolated.

The Urban Condition Is the Human Condition

Kim Samuel | Posted 02.08.2017 | Green
Kim Samuel

Measuring and understanding these challenges at the urban scale is our best hope for success in improving the quality of people's lives in the places that most people live. The time is now to work together to find innovative solutions for combating isolation and promoting environmental sustainability in tandem.

Climate, Community, Collaboration, Connection: Why Measuring Environmental Performance Matters

Kim Samuel | Posted 01.25.2017 | Green
Kim Samuel

As we think through the challenges, commonality emerges in the solutions that we must work together to build.

Celebrate Global Dignity Day With Empathy, Inclusion and Action

Kim Samuel | Posted 10.14.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Dignity, to me, is rooted in both freedom and respect: the freedom to live as you choose based on what matters to you most, and the respect granted to your choices and your values by those around you.

The Saddest Part of Being a Mom to a Young Adult With Autism

Kate Welch | Posted 10.09.2016 | Parents
Kate Welch

This is the silent pain that everyone who loves someone with autism quietly bears. The emotional skills we have spent a lifetime acquiring and perfecting fail us. Our children suffer. We suffer because they suffer. And there is nothing anyone can do to fix it.

Promoting Inclusion in an Aging World

Kim Samuel | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Imagine you find yourself living on your own, after years of being surrounded by loved ones and friends. Your house is devoid of conversation. The television is your closest companion. Even an encounter with a salesclerk would be a welcome relief from the solitude.

The Beautiful Game and the Goal of Belonging

Kim Samuel | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

The Homeless World Cup is devoted to combating homelessness in Scotland and around the world. Soccer can be a means to equip and empower homeless people to change their lives, by restoring their confidence and self-esteem and replacing isolation with belonging.

The Invisibility of Type 1 Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Everyone seems to think blood sugar calculations are effortless. You do it every day. You've done it a million times. But it's not effortless. You start all over every day. Always guessing.

How Sports Can Break Down Barriers of Exclusion

Kim Samuel | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Just as sports can create and reinforce a sense of belonging and purpose, so too it can be a pathway for recognition among peoples, and for breaking down the walls of preconception that prevent us from truly seeing one another.

How Does an Island Feel? Raising Gifted Children in a World That Turns Its Back

Amanda Mancino | Posted 06.02.2016 | Parents
Amanda Mancino

As the months passed, the rhythm that so many had spoken of never came. Our days were a marvelous performance of song and dance, intense tears followed by laughter, hours and hours of books. His quiet could only be had by listening to my voice stumble over Dostoyevsky or Dickens.

Combating Caregiver Isolation: Respect, Recognition and Reciprocity

Kim Samuel | Posted 05.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

I learned that, paradoxically, caring for someone you love can be an intensely lonely road; simultaneously a time of near constant togetherness and a time of profound isolation. And I believe this isolation can be as devastating to the caregiver as any affliction is to the person being cared for.

Fighting Isolation Via Paintbrush, Page, Song and Stage

Kim Samuel | Posted 05.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

Many of us have a favorite phrase from a poem, song, or book -- a line or lyric that speaks to us so deeply it makes us feel that someone sees into ou...

Why Loneliness Is A Growing Public Health Concern -- And What We Can Do About It

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.21.2015 | Science

Our time has been called the "age of loneliness." It's estimated that one in five Americans suffers from persistent loneliness, and while we're more c...

The Surprising Impact Social Interaction Has On Longevity

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

These days, thanks to cell phones and computers, it's easier than you'd think to spend a day without speaking to a soul other than Siri or the pizza d...

How Reducing Social Isolation Protects Older Adults

John Feather, PhD | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

The Beatles were on to something big: the fact that social isolation is a social determinant of health, so potent yet so under-appreciated that we are still discovering just how important it is to this day.

Let's Resolve to Combat Social Isolation in 2015

Kim Samuel | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

As counterintuitive as it might seem, taking care of ourselves begins by reaching out to those around us -- by building the bridges of belonging that link us to one another.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

The Youngest Victims: Combating the Social Isolation of Ebola Orphans

Kim Samuel | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Kim Samuel

The loss of a mother or father is traumatic in the extreme -- yet, for these children, the tragedy is being compounded by social isolation. At a time when they so desperately need compassion and care, many are being shunned and ostracized for fear of contamination. Surely, we can summon the courage, compassion and commitment to do better.

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

The 3 Kinds Of Friendships Everyone Has By Midlife

Brent Green | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Brent Green

Interdependent relationships are the healthiest. Both parties contribute and receive. Both are available to share the joys of closeness and help shoulder the burdens that come with aging. They give and take. They are committed to mutual growth and positive adaptation along the uncharted journey through life.