Loneliness and social isolation among residents are being investigated by the district board – CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Concerned about the societal impact of increasing social isolation, Los Angeles County’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday to make efforts to combat loneliness.
Warden Hilda Solis led the attack.
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âThe increase in loneliness is almost paradoxical. We are more connected than ever by technology, but it is clear that social media cannot replace relationships with family, friends and the community, âsaid Solis.
“Studies show that millions of Americans are socially isolated, lonely, or both, which has a negative impact on their quality of life and health.”
Solis pointed to the interest of US surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy focused on loneliness as a public health issue, as explained in his book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.
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Loneliness can lead to an increase in drug addiction and violence, Solis said.
The board requested a preliminary report on how the district departments and agencies should work with other public, private, and religious organizations to develop a plan to combat the effects of social isolation.
Actions could include awareness-raising campaigns, a range of programs in parks and senior centers, and expanded mental health services.
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