It’s important to feel connected to other people, both in good times and bad. Sharing stories over a cup of tea or taking a walk when the weather’s nice provides a vital human connection. And expanding your circle means that when help is needed, you know you can call on someone who will be there. You give a hand; and you get a hand.
These connections are important throughout our lifespan. They enrich our lives, link generations, combat isolation, improve safety, and improve life for all. Sociologists call it “social capital:”
“Communities with higher levels of social capital are likely to have higher educational achievement, better performing governmental institutions, faster economic growth, and less crime and violence. And the people living in these communities are likely to be happier, healthier, and to have a longer life expectancy” (Saguaro Seminar, an initiative of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government)
For older people, vulnerability and isolation can result from families living far apart, close friends growing older, and health problems interfering with mobility. A Connected Caring Community can help older persons to remain in their own homes; prevent isolation; and support and enrich the lives of young and old alike.
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