The Foundation for Art & Healing launches its new Creatively Connected Online Film Festival with an afternoon conference on May 9, 1:30pm in New York City. The conference will address aspects of loneliness and isolation, which is the Festival’s theme and the focus of the Foundation’s UnLoneliness Project.
1:30pm—Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:40pm—Expert Overview: What is Loneliness and Why Should You Care
2pm—Panel One: Military, Veterans and Family. Those who serve to protect us not only face mortal physical danger. Returning back to civilian life after traumatic experiences in the field can come along with other burdens, including feelings of disconnection, alienation, loneliness and isolation, that affect military men and women and also impact their families and friends. How can we better understand this challenge, and importantly, better support those who need assistance?
3pm—Panel Two: Workplace Distress; Focus on Loneliness. With loneliness and isolation growing as a social reality, more and more people are bringing those feelings to work. Additionally, job stressors such as increased productivity demands and the rapid, technology-enhanced pace increase workplace distress in general, leaving some workers especially vulnerable to isolation and its negative impact. Moreover, we know that increased connection and engagement has positive benefits in performance and productivity. How can we work effectively to bring some timely solutions to the modern workplace, and where can we begin?
4pm—Panel Three: Older Adults, Caregiving, Major Illness. As health and physical challenges increase the longer we live, so does the potential for loneliness and isolation. Older adults often lose touch with far-flung family and friends or can no longer participate in once-fulfilling hobbies and social activities; how can we help them -- and those who care for them -- make these last years golden?
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