Jamrog Illustration by Emma Moreman It might seem counterintuitive in this age of constant electronic connectedness, when friends and family are a mere click away, but loneliness is a problem for many of us — so much so that former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has declared that we are in the midst of a growing loneliness epidemic. A review of loneliness rates worldwide showed that 5 to 10 percent of young to older adults complained of feeling lonely constantly, frequently or all of the time; and 30 to 40 percent complained of feeling lonely constantly, according to University of Chicago researchers. Loneliness has been garnering attention lately not only because of its increasing prevalence, but also because it is being recognized as a public health concern that carries potentially serious implications for our physical well-being.
The goal of the program — which has been in a testing phase since early last year — is to determine whether voice-activated technology can help older adults fight isolation and loneliness.
Both are serious risk factors for a range of health problems, including dementia. Initial observations suggest that the program has promise. The banter between human and machine seems to help residents feel more connected, says Lisa Budlow, chief operating officer of Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc.
Maybe just as important, the device allows users to bond with each other over the cool new things they discover it can do. Organizers note that the program is not particular about the brand of device that is used; AARP Foundation has no formal arrangement with Amazon. The challenge has been to get residents — many of whom have minimal experience with smartphones or wireless internet — past their initial resistance to the technology.
It helps to have an influential resident championing the program. At Weinberg Place, Shirley Crowder, 70, helps others set up and troubleshoot their devices. Crowder says she especially appreciated Alexa during a series of recent illnesses.
Williams says she often asks Alexa to play the Michael Jackson station or slow jazz on Pandora radio. Now some residents, including Crowder, are being trained to teach their neighbors; organizers hope the pilot can be expanded as enthusiasm and understanding grow.Social and Personal Factors in Loneliness Loneliness was related to both quantitative and qualitative features of social support networks and was also associated with personal characteristics, particularly those thought to inhibit the development of close relationships.
Loneliness is a sad emotion that a person can feel if they are isolated or feel a sense of lack of friends and family members. Loneliness can make people feel anxious. People can feel lonely even if they are surrounded by a lot of other people. A marvellously bizarre series of sketches inspired by Victorian travelling shows, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness is a curious miscellany of tricks, jokes and melancholy.
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