- Claire Thompson
From Claire... the isolation crisis
With the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic it has become very clear in recent years that social isolation is a significant public health crisis. That's why a new warning about the dangers of social isolation is so important.
This week Dr. Vivek Murth, the U.S. Surgeon General, released the first-ever report on loneliness and isolation in the United States. The report highlights the dangers of prolonged social isolation which can lead to a range of health problems, including depression, anxiety, and even increased risk of mortality. It finds the highest rates of social isolation are among older adults.
Fortunately, organizations like the Village are working to address this issue head-on. As both NBC and WTOP recently reported, the Village movement in DC is making a real difference in our communities by bringing people together and combating social isolation. Through our events and programs, we help older adults stay connected and engaged in their neighborhoods.
The advantage of our Volunteer network
One of the things that makes Villages so impactful and effective is our strong network of volunteers. By giving their time and energy to help their neighbors, our volunteers not only make a real difference in the lives of others but also reap a host of benefits themselves. Research has shown that volunteering can help lower stress levels, reduce symptoms of depression, and even lead to increased longevity.
By focusing on the needs of our communities' older adults, the Village can make a meaningful impact on the broader issue of social isolation. And as more and more people become aware of this issue, we hope that other organizations and individuals will join us as well.
If you're interested in learning more our Village and our work to combat social isolation, we invite you to visit our website or get in touch with us directly. Together, we can make a difference and build stronger, more connected communities for everyone.
Claire Thompson is Assistant Director of the Village