Idaho Connects to Reduce Loneliness
Loneliness is social pain. Humans are designed to connect with others. A lack of personal connections results in loneliness.
Loneliness is important. It is not just an emotional issue, it can impact our mental and physical health.
Health Risks of Social Isolation and Loneliness:
Carries the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle (Julianne Holt-Lundstad)
A 50% percent increased risk of dementia. (NASEM)
A 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke. (www.nia.nih.gov)
Higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide. (CDC)
Heart failure patients were associated with a nearly 4 times increased risk of death, 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and 57% increased risk of emergency department visits. (CDC)
Below are resources for how to help reduce loneliness and how to get involved to help others!