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.
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.