Combat loneliness – create encounters
Involuntary loneliness can affect all groups, including the young and the elderly. Research shows that involuntary loneliness is dangerous and just as harmful to health as smoking. The risk of stroke, dementia and mental health issues increases.
For that reason, a key public health priority is to try to combat loneliness. A great many parties are involved in this work – researchers, municipalities, volunteer organisations and individuals.
The Combat loneliness – create encounters project provides an introduction to current knowledge about loneliness – scope, risk factors, the difference between social and existential loneliness, consequences of involuntary loneliness, and the measures that can have a positive effect.
Examples are also provided here of activities and initiatives in the Nordic region that are designed to encourage encounters between people, prevent loneliness or offer a path out of loneliness. These include arranging intergenerational encounters, bringing people with different backgrounds together, and creating residential areas that promote a sense of community.
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