By: Laura Alcock-Ferguson
Published: City Lab, September 23rd 2017, https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/10/our-greatest-public-health-problem-is-loneliness/543693/
Level of Difficulty: *
Professor Murthy and Professor Lampard’s views on loneliness are the focus of the text you are about to read. Take 20 minutes to listen to her first:
· Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard - Full speech, RCGP annual conference 2017
Now take a further 5min to listen to Prof Murthy:
· Former surgeon general on how loneliness could reduce lifespan
1. What major policy change would Professor Lambard and Professor Murthy be likely to support?
2. How does Prof Murthy reach the conclusion that “Loneliness is akin to an epidemic”? He observed that…
3. Why exactly does loneliness have such a devastating effect on physical health?
4. We understand from the text that we cannot really help being negatively impacted by loneliness because…
5. Read the example of the community hub described in the text and the threat it is facing. This story is an example proving that…. There are two possible answers; find both.
6. Read on from the section beginning “Thirdly…” to the end of the text and answer the questions:
· We are somewhat prejudiced against older people T/F
· Watch the short video prepared The Campaign to End Loneliness: Loneliness Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYc85A8f2CM . What immediate conclusion can be drawn from this video? What is the take home point? (Be careful, this is a tough question)
Refer to all the information you have gathered to write about the effects of loneliness. In the videos below you will also find some solutions, which you can include in your conclusion.
· Loneliness is literally killing us | Will Wright | TEDxBirmingham
· The Simple Cure for Loneliness | Baya Voce | TEDxSaltLakeCity
ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO OUR LIFE SPANS IS LONELINESS; KEY AND TEACHERS’ NOTES
This insightful text highlights a growing problem many are not aware of or take for granted. The text and the videos are easy to follow and are closely linked; the contents overlap. This helps with the reading task. The writing task should be done immediately upon the completion of the task to consolidate learning.
1. Health insurers and public bodies’ investing as much in encouraging social encounters as exercise and good diet
2. The most common pathology he saw was loneliness (You must not copy paste answers; you must make them fit the question)
3. Lonely people have lower levels of oxytocin, the love hormone that is important to health and wellbeing.
4. Our physiology evolved to be connected to others (to be lonely goes against human nature)
5. Community spaces are being slowly eroded / Policy makers are not weaving the prevention of loneliness into their strategies
6. The need for friendship and support and meaningful relationships does not fizzle out with age / Loneliness should never be normalized or accepted as inevitable