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Workplace Retirement Planning and Connections: Taking Loneliness Seriously.

The mental and physical health concerns about loneliness may not seem like a classic personal finance topic. Yet thinking about how to avoid loneliness is critical to savvy planning for later in life.

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Even before the pandemic and the great lockdown, public health concerns about loneliness and social isolation were growing along with the aging of the population. A University of California, San Francisco study found that 43 percent of people surveyed over the age of 65 report feeling lonely. Many people felt more disconnected than ever before during the coronavirus eruption and unprecedented efforts to contain the deadly virus.


Scholarly research strongly suggests that loneliness can contribute to shorter lives, cognitive decline, physical deterioration and depression. A study by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham-Young University, found the mortality impact of loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. (Loneliness and social isolation are related but with different emphasis. Loneliness refers to little connection to family and friends, while social isolation is more about living alone.)


The mental and physical health concerns about loneliness may not seem like a classic personal finance topic. Yet thinking about how to avoid loneliness is critical to savvy planning for later in life, especially with future pandemic outbreaks. Connections matter.



Date: Monday, July 13, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: ZOOM Virtual Meeting


Price: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members

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Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series, Conversations on the Creative Economy.


An award-winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for PBS Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger’s and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money and Happiness in the Second Half of Life (HarperCollins Leadership).

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