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Program on Maintaining Social Connections  


Program on Maintaining Social Connections

Monday, April 3, 2017 7:00 PM   -   9:30 PM

Creating and Maintaining Social Connections:
An American Challenge

7:00 p.m. Refreshments
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion

American society lauds self-reliance. Half the people you see walking down the street are talking on a cellphone, but America as a whole is becoming less connected and more lonely. As suburbanites with many of us living in households with only one or two members, it is easy to become isolated, especially if we are not working and/or do not have children living with us. Even those who are parents may find themselves focusing all their energy on their families and lacking other kinds of connections. How can we avoid becoming socially isolated? What if illness and lack of energy stand in the way? What do we do as we grow older and begin to lose people who matter to us? How can we create new friendships and become more connected to others?  Recent research on social connection and health suggests that our lives depend on the answers.

Richard S. Schwartz, MDDr. Richard S. Schwartz will bring over 40 years of clinical experience to bear on answering the above questions. Dr. Schwartz is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and teaches psychiatry at the McLean and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Along with his wife and fellow psychiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Olds, he has written books on lasting marriages and avoiding the loneliness and social isolation that are endemic in American society. Their most recent book, The Lonely American, was named an Outstanding Academic Title of the year by The American Library Association/Choice Magazine. Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Olds were recently cited in a New York Times "Well" column entitled, “The Challenges of Male Friendships.” 

Sponsored by the Committee on Navigating the Challenges of Aging and SAGE