There is a kind of loneliness that cuts even deeper than feeling alone. Social isolation -- the lack of meaningful relationships and human contact and connections -- is a devastating affliction, with impacts ranging from depression to accelerated aging and the risk of early death. Older persons are especially vulnerable.Older people face multiple risk factors: a partner's death, disability, chronic illness, reduced or unstable income, loss of vision or hearing, frailty, fear of falling and fear of forgetting.
President, Samuel Family Foundation
Kim Samuel is President of the Samuel Family Foundation, Professor of Practice at McGill University's Institute for Studies in International Development (ISID), and Policy Advisor at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), where her research and work focus on social isolation and multidimensional poverty. In October 2014, she convened the first global symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness with an emphasis on tangible policy and program solutions to build connectedness.
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