Solitude’s bad rap ignores benefits of reflection, restoration for many seniors, Mather researchers say

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of socialization among older adults, but a new Mather Institute research brief provides a “fresh perspective on solitude.” The brief emphasizes that alone time also can be a meaningful and rewarding experience for some senior living residents.

Mather researchers, in collaboration with Middlebury College and University of California-Santa Cruz, explored the motivations for solitude and well-being among senior living residents in a recently released research brief. They also offered insights into how communities might adjust their offerings to support those residents who desire solitude.

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