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 the Study of International Development (ISID), and Policy Advisor at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Ms. Samuel is a pioneer in the field of social connectedness and its significance to inclusive policy and program development. She convened the second Global Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness October 25-27, 2016. In addition, she designed and delivered the first academic course in this emerging field to graduating students in international studies at McGill University in 2016.
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