Healing Effects of Social Connection - San Francisco Village

On May 2nd, the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, released a new Advisory report called Our Epidemic of Loneliness and IsolationThe U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community, sharing the harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on individuals’ health and well-being.

Did you know loneliness and isolation increase the risk of developing or worsening health problems like heart disease, anxiety, high blood pressure, dementia, depression and diabetes? The antidote to these problems? Social connection.

San Francisco Village’s mission to operationalize love for elders in an ageist society by mobilizing the power of intergenerational relationships and mutual support is a direct response to isolation and loneliness. We understand that our individual and collective well-being depends on our willingness to care for one another.

We’re grateful to the U.S. Surgeon General for bringing attention to this critical issue that affects us all. The Advisory report offers a collection of medical research data and recommendations that support the work we do at San Francisco Village. Two of the recommendations for individuals are to  “invest time in nurturing your relationships through consistent, frequent, and high-quality engagement with others”, and to “seek out opportunities to serve and support others.”

Read the report here and please share it with your friends, family, and neighbors about the importance of social connection.