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Why socialize to avoid social isolation and loneliness?

Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly recognized as important problems that negatively affect health. Individuals with strong social bonds are 50% less likely to die prematurely than those with weak social ties.1 According to the CDC, Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social contact. Social isolation is a lack of social connections. Social isolation can lead to loneliness in some people, while others can feel lonely without being socially isolated.

Triple-S wants to address the social determinants of health, which include social isolation and loneliness. This initiative is committed to establish a comprehensive island-wide project to reduce the risks and effects of social isolation and loneliness, which can now be considered an epidemic. To do this, it is necessary to include different sectors of society such as the government, the medical community, the economic and academic sectors, and community-based organizations, among others.

  • Loneliness affects 1 in 5 adults2

  • Weak social links increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 29%3

  • Social isolation has been associated with 50% increased risk of developing dementia4

  • Social isolation represents a risk to life expectancy as high as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.1

Socializing is Helthy!

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There are many options to receive help and orientation about social isolation and loneliness.

This health information does not substitude an evaluation with your doctor or health professional.


  1. 1 Studies of Julianne Holt-Lunstad as cited in Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, Vivek Murthy, MD Published by Harper Wave. 2020
  2. 2 Health Affairs-Public Affairs - Health Policy Brief, June 2020 by Julianne Holt-Lunstad.
  3. 3 Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine. 2020.
  4. 4 National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine.

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