HAP Scholar Dr. Thomas Cudjoe featured on podcast from GeriPal regarding the importance of social connection.

Thomas Kofi Mensah Cudjoe

Social connections impact our health in profound ways, whether it is the support we receive from family and friends in navigating serious illness, the joy from shared social activities, or connecting with our community. Experiencing social isolation, the objective lack of contact with friends, family, or the community, or loneliness, the subjective feeling of lacking companionship or feeling left out, may be signs that our overall social life is struggling. But, should we as clinicians care about the social lives of our patients? Are there meaningful ways of assessing loneliness and social isolation in clinical settings and connecting patients with interventions? How can public health and policy experts address these needs, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic which turned our social lives upside down? Listen for more information: https://geripal.org/the-importance-of-social-connection-julianne-holt-lunstad-thomas-cudjoe-carla-perissinotto/