The grand opening balloons may still be swaying in front of your brand-new lease up, but you are no less likely to be housing highly toxic residents than the aging property down the road. And, no, I don’t mean emotionally toxic. I’m talking about biological, cellular level toxicity.
In fact, this toxin has a mortality rate of 25 percent and affects over 60 million Americans. In contrast, air pollution has a mortality rate of 5 percent.
I’m talking about the toxic effects of loneliness on our bodies. UCLA professor, Steve Cole has been studying the cellular effects of isolation for some 15 years. In the past few years, new research has shown that, not only does loneliness harm our ability to fight off disease, it actually increases inflammation in the body; a major cause of disease.
Research also suggests that people in transition are highly susceptible to chronic, physically painful loneliness. Sound like anyone you know? Transition is a fairly common trait amongst our residents.
While you probably don’t have a social worker on your staff, there are some simple things you could do to help people connect; From making residents aware of local groups near your property (sports leagues, book clubs, churches, etc.) to organizing property-wide parties or educational opportunities. You may actually be saving lives.
And if you want an even more personal touch, give us a call at CARES. We specialize in helping people get connected to personalized, inclusive, thriving community.