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Loneliness and Social Isolation – How Can Museums Help?

Category: Health

Research suggests that loneliness is an increasing social problem, and one with serious health consequences. To combat this trend, some museums are running programs that encourage people, especially those in at-risk populations, to make and sustain human connections.

Museums can be the catalyst for people who want to break free of loneliness. Interacting with culture can boost health and wellbeing. Creating art, handling objects and learning new skills are all beneficial. But most of all, wellbeing is improved by doing these activities alongside others and feeling like a part of something.

—Charlotte Coates

By Charlotte Coates The issue of loneliness has been making headlines in recent years. More and more people are feeling isolated and alone. In fact, a recent study found that one in five Americans always or often feel lonely or socially isolated. Human beings are social creatures.

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