Quantifying mental health impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns among senior population in Turkey

Visiting scientist (and former Harvard Bell Fellow) Onur Altindag, PhD, is an author on a new working paper that sets out to quantify the mental health effects experienced by those … Continue reading “Quantifying mental health impacts of Covid-19 lockdowns among senior population in Turkey”

Geotagged tweets used to better assess urban mobility, neighborhood isolation in 50 U.S. cities

Findings of a research study show that even though residents of black and Hispanic neighborhoods traveled outside of their home neighborhoods, they were far less exposed to nonpoor or white … Continue reading “Geotagged tweets used to better assess urban mobility, neighborhood isolation in 50 U.S. cities”

A deeper look at complex nature of loneliness and social isolation among aging Americans

Recent Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, PhD, is co-author on this paper that finds that not all older, independent people who are socially isolated feel lonely, and that poor health can … Continue reading “A deeper look at complex nature of loneliness and social isolation among aging Americans”

Study points to unmet need for social support among older women in rural South Africa

Researchers affiliated with the HAALSI research project have published a new study that found that older women in South Africa have weaker social network connections and are more socially isolated … Continue reading “Study points to unmet need for social support among older women in rural South Africa”

Social isolation & low health literacy found to substantially & independently impact mortality risk

Harvard Bell Fellow Lindsay Kobayashi, PhD, is an author of a paper published in the journal Health Psychology that explores the relationship between social isolation, health literacy, and mortality risk. … Continue reading “Social isolation & low health literacy found to substantially & independently impact mortality risk”

Possible molecular link to stroke and dementia may be associated with level of social support

Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman, PhD, and faculty member Joel Salinas, MD, are among the authors on a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical … Continue reading “Possible molecular link to stroke and dementia may be associated with level of social support”

The Association between Hearing Loss and Social Isolation in Older Adults

Pop Center Faculty Member Ichiro Kawachi has co-authored a study that investigates whether age-related hearing loss is associated with social isolation and whether factors such as age, gender, income, race, or … Continue reading “The Association between Hearing Loss and Social Isolation in Older Adults”