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Dr Michelle Lim

Abstract:
Loneliness, Health and Wellbeing. How quality relationships and strong social connections improve your health, wellbeing and longevity.

Loneliness has serious implications on our Health and Wellbeing and there is a 50% increased risk of an early death in those who lack strong social connections.

In this insightful presentation, hear from Australia’s loneliness expert, Dr Michelle Lim as she covers a range of issues associated with tackling this age-old problem of loneliness from identification to solutions.

Loneliness is traditionally conceptualized as a social and community issue, but a growing body of research has also indicated serious implications on health and wellbeing.

The subjective feeling of social isolation is more closely related to the quality of relationships rather than having a lack of social contacts and there is a growing amount of evidence to indicate that loneliness threatens our health and wellbeing. Those who lack strong social connections show a 50% increased risk of an early death, and when we consider loneliness specifically, there is a 26% increase in early death. The impact of loneliness on wellbeing can differ from person to person and there is no one size fits all solution.

Michelle will share a range of evidence-based solutions and practical strategies on how to mitigate loneliness, develop and maintain strong relationships and improve your health, wellbeing and longevity.