Connections Matter: Life Planning, Purpose and Community
Public health concerns about loneliness and social isolation are growing along with the aging of the population. Scholarly research strongly suggests that being alone can contribute to shorter lives, cognitive decline, physical deterioration and depression. Social isolation isn’t just a problem for the elderly or homebound. In a survey of 20,000 Americans, nearly half reported always or sometimes feeling lonely or left out. Young adults ages 18 to 22 are the loneliest generation of all, the survey found.
Loneliness and social isolation are related but with different emphasis. Loneliness refers to little connection to family and friends, while social isolation is more about living alone. A study by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham-Young University, found the mortality impact of loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Feeling alone, she says, ranks up there with smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity in terms of its effects on your health.
The mortality impact of loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
At first glance, health concerns about loneliness doesn’t seem like a classic personal finance topic. Yet thinking about how to avoid loneliness is critical to savvy planning for later in life.
Chris Farrell will share with the SHIFT audience about the impact that loneliness and social isolation has on people’s health and well being, including the potential impact on your financial plans. His talk will focus on social, physical and financial health in the second half of life.
Chris Farrell is considered a leading expert on the trend toward working longer in the second half of life. He is a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic program. Chris is an economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series, Conversations on the Creative Economy. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for PBS Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger’s and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money and Happiness in the Second Half of Life (HarperCollins Leadership). Follow him on Twitter: @cfarrellecon
6:30 pm – Registration, Networking
7:00 pm – Presentation
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