Let’s Talk About Loneliness: Identifying and Addressing Loneliness in Our Communities

10/28/2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

Session Type:  Education Session (1 hour)

Track: Health and Wellness


Do you suspect that people in your community lack companionship, feel left out or feel isolated from others? If you answered “sometimes” or “often” to those questions, they may be experiencing loneliness. You may have heard about the loneliness problem in recent articles and news publications. One in 3 adults and 1 in 5 school-aged children are affected by loneliness. Loneliness isn’t about being alone, but rather about not feeling connected. People can feel lonely even when among family and friends. Research shows that loneliness has a similar health impact to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is evident that loneliness is a health problem in our community and parks and recreation is well-positioned to be a part of the solution. In this session, gain exposure to the research on loneliness, learn about evidenced-based screening tools and interventions, and identify how parks and recreation can partner with healthcare organizations to address loneliness in our communities.


Learning Outcomes:

Gain exposure to research on loneliness and access evidenced based screening tools.

Identify interventions to treat loneliness and learn about the Colorado Loneliness Project.

Discover how parks and recreation can partner with healthcare organizations to address loneliness.



Stacey Halvorsen

Director of Health Education and Community Outreach, Westminster Medical Clinic

Stacey Halvorsen has a Masters of Education and has been teaching for more than 14 years. As an ACE-certified health coach, Halvorsen provides health coaching to patients, oversees employee wellness initiatives, and manages community partnerships and education programs. She currently serves on the NRPA Health and Wellness Advisory Panel and as a subject matter expert for the American Council on Exercise.

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