Loneliness is being recognized more and more as a health issue. The primary purpose of the Mens’ Shed movement is to address this problem with older men. Loneliness has been recognized as a national epidemic. See this article:
Health services company, Cigna, has recognized the problem. In a study conducted by the company the issue of loneliness has been identified as having the same deleterious effect on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
According Dr. Doug Nemecek, the chief health officer for Cigna: “People who feel lonely are less healthy. There are many studies linking loneliness to worsening heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression and substance abuse. In fact, healthwise, loneliness is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
See the complete Cigna article about the study they have done here:
There are steps older folks can take to help mitigate the feeling of loneliness. You can keep working, move to a retirement community, or volunteer. The fourth step one can take, and this is where sheds come into play, is to create and maintain social connections.
See you at the Shed!