by Kim Doleatto
From timeouts in childhood to solitary confinement in prison, loneliness is used as a punishment strategy because it can hurt.
With a pandemic making contact with other people more fraught, especially among those most at risk, safeguarding physical health comes at a cost, especially for residents in senior care facilities.
“Some were changing behavior because of the lockdown,” said Jim Jandreau, a resident at Cypress Village in Jacksonville, Florida, a senior living community. He’s also the co-chair of its Joint Information Technology Committee, and he jumped at the opportunity to help mitigate the effects of loneliness on his peers in lockdown.