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Well-being and community life: Keeping isolation at bay?

Bagnall, Anne-Marie

Loneliness and social isolation are hitting the headlines almost every day, and the problem is not confined to the older generation. With more than 9 million people in the UK reporting that they are always or often lonely (Co-operatives UK & British Red Cross, 2016) finding solutions to tackle the loneliness crisis is not just timely, it is now becoming urgent.  Previous research (Holt-Lundstad 2010; 2015) has shown that social isolation has detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system and on mortality which are equivalent to the effects of smoking 15 cigarettes per day.  This meta-analysis looked at the effects of weak social connections – such as knowing the names of your neighbours – rather than the effects of close relationships.  

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