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Can We Talk?: Loneliness

This hour-long program is about loneliness: what it is, why so many of us feel it, and the surprising toll loneliness takes on our physical and mental health. The health effects of chronic loneliness are akin to smoking 15 cigarettes every day -- it literally shortens our lives. Yet it can feel vulnerable to name it when we feel lonely.

Through stories, this show examines the risk factors for loneliness, the influence of social media, and how creative approaches to loneliness can leave us more connected and resilient. We also explore why two groups in particular -- teens and the elderly -- are most at risk for chronic loneliness.

Tune in this Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. for more from “Can We Talk?” on WRVO Public Media.

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