BY SUSAN NOACK, CHAIR, TUALATIN AREA AGING TASK FORCE
Social Isolation – what is it and how do you overcome it? The textbooks tell us that social isolation is a result of being physically removed from others, like living in a remote area, or from the perception of being removed from a community, such as being socially isolated from others. These same textbooks also tell us that spending time alone is a good thing unless it means that you have no interaction with others for days. You become socially isolated and meaningful, extended relationships are missing. While there is no medical cure for social isolation, there are solutions.