Surgeon Generals Report on Social Isolation

Seniors socializing and being together to improve wellbeing

Recently, the US Surgeon General released a report on the rising concerns of social isolation. Lack of social connections can be harmful to your physical and mental health. Our social connectedness isn’t solely dependent on intimate relationships; rather, it encompasses various factors that influence the depth of our social ties.

We can connect in multiple ways such as at work, with neighbors, and with family. The degree to which we can count on someone else also contributes to our feeling of being connected. For example, who are those that you can call upon during times of need? And finally, to what degree are our relationships satisfying, positive and adding value?

At the Y, we hope you consider us part of your social circle and a place where you can find safe and meaningful connections. Not only is this a place where you can build relationships, but you can create connections with others who share similar interests, passions, and experiences. The surgeon general reports that high levels of social connection can also improve one’s health.

If you haven’t been to the Y in a while, feel free to stop by and check out one of our many new social and educational activities including,

  • FIRST FRIDAY social events for adults.
  • Third Thursday educational workshops.
  • A welcoming lobby where our members gather for coffee and conversation.
  • Support for chronic disease and other health concerns.

You can read the full report HERE.

Lisa O’Connor
Wellness Director
 203.775.4444 x 135