social isolation

Reducing the Stigma of Dementia Through Song

Posted on 01/6/2014 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHaving college students and older adults with Alzheimer’s sing together can change younger choir members’ perceptions of dementia and reduce social isolation in those with the disease and their family caregivers. These are the findings of a pilot study conducted last spring at the John Carroll University in Ohio. (The study will be published this April in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.) The dementia study is part of a worldwide effort to try to normalize the …

Meeting Older Adults Where They Are

Posted on 12/23/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThe other day, one of Arthur’s former students commented on an interview we did months ago with Eileen Fuentes, founder of The SPEACH: I was lucky enough to be one of Arthur’s students at Hofstra in 72-73. In addition to basic Freshman English he taught a lecture course in the history of American Musical Theatre. I didn’t always agree with him but admired his passion for the subject… Please send him my warmest regards and thanks. I called Arthur immediately. “A …

Having My FaceTime With Arthur

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeI didn’t know what to expect from my long-distance friendship with Arthur — but it wasn’t this. It’s been three months since I moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to small-town Ohio for grad school. It was tough telling friends I was leaving, especially Arthur, who had come to rely on my Friday visits. Several weeks before the move date, I called our social worker Sasha at DOROT to strategize about how to break the news. “When do you think I should …

Which Is Worse, Being Lonely or Just Being Alone?

Posted on 03/27/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMovie star Greta Garbo was famous for saying, “I want to be let alone,” but new research suggests that’s a rotten philosophy to follow if you want to live longer. A British study of 6,500 older adults finds that social isolation, even more than loneliness, may increase an older person’s risk of early death. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers at University College London knew from previous studies that both isolation …