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Salon: Social Distancing and the Lifespans of People Without Community

October 23, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm CDT

Julianne Holt-Lunstad

In another view into the impact of growing social isolation, especially among the unchurched, we’ll watch a short TEDx talk, “Is Social Disconnection Comparable to Smoking?”, by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead author of two metananalytic study supporting the hypothesis that social isolation can be as damaging to lifespans as smoking. How much are the relatively isolated “Unchurched”, those not belonging to ongoing supportive communities, at risk?

Join us to watch the talk together at 2, on Zoom at, then talk about the problem.

Background articles:

Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review.

Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB.PLoS Med. 2010 Jul 27;7(7):e1000316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316.PMID: 20668659 Free PMC article. Review.3CiteShare 

Social Isolation and Loneliness Among San Francisco Bay Area Older Adults During the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders.

Kotwal AA, Holt-Lunstad J, Newmark RL, Cenzer I, Smith AK, Covinsky KE, Escueta DP, Lee JM, Perissinotto CM.J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Jan;69(1):20-29. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16865. Epub 2020 Oct 9.PMID: 32965024 Free PMC article.

Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: a meta-analytic review.

(Abstract only) Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Baker M, Harris T, Stephenson D.Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar;10(2):227-37. doi: 10.1177/1745691614568352.PMID: 25910392 Review.2CiteShare 

Why Social Relationships Are Important for Physical Health: A Systems Approach to Understanding and Modifying Risk and Protection.

(Abstract only) Holt-Lunstad J.Annu Rev Psychol. 2018 Jan 4;69:437-458. doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-122216-011902. Epub 2017 Oct 16.PMID: 29035688 Review.