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Editor Cory Storch, CEO

A Message to the Bridgeway Family

Submitted by Regional Director, Dave D’Antonio MA, LCADC, CCS, CCDP-D

The Holiday Season means joy, happiness, and celebration for most. There are many around us, though, who experience deepened feelings of loneliness and isolation during this time of year. There is no greater pain for a human being than that of being alone.

Loneliness and isolation pose a greater health risk than smoking, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and the side effects of medication.

It is for these reasons that we want to be sure to reach out to those around us who may be lonely or isolated.

Loneliness is not reserved only to the people we serve but also to our friends, neighbors, family and community. Anyone can be a victim of loneliness and isolation. Please check in with the people you serve, elderly family members, the person you see in the hospital who never seems to have visitors, neighbors, and be sure they are OK. Even a brief five minute conversation can make a world of difference to a person experiencing loneliness. Remember it is not always the quiet person who is lonely. Many people, including our coworkers or neighbors who may appear to be social, can experience feeling of loneliness and isolation.

If you have thought about calling someone to say hi, or you think a person served needs a little extra attention, or your coworker seems a little down, don’t walk on by, do something. You and the person you reach out to will be rewarded by your action.

Health Risks Associated With Loneliness

Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental heath, including:

  • Depression and suicide
  • Cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Increased stress levels
  • Decreased memory and learning
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Poor decision-making
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • The progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Altered brain function

November 21st, 2019

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