When I talk about Silver Station to literally anyone who is willing listen to me, and some who probably aren’t really willing but are too polite to stop me, I talk a lot about loneliness and socialization and how vital it is to have a place for people to meet, socialize, to be engaged and supported, especially as we age. I generally then go on and on about how Bluffton is missing that vital piece of community and explain the true and real dangers, as well as inflictions, that can arise without that piece. To explain how vital this piece is, lets start by defining, according to Webster, what we are talking about:
Loneliness is being without company or cut off from others.
Socialization is social interaction with others.
Both are simple enough. What happens to our bodies and spirit during loneliness, and in the absence of socialization, is not as simple.
In articles to follow, I will try to simplify exactly what happens in both circumstances and how Silver Station can help. I will explain exactly what we are talking about.