It has been said that in the 21st Century loneliness has become an epidemic. Although this fact is disputed, it is clear that loneliness has a deep effect on people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Loneliness can have a major impact on health, life expectancy and mental wellbeing. Recent studies suggest that it is as harmful as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Feeling lonely can lead to depression, anxiety, disrupted sleep and stress. It can also be a factor in heart disease, increased blood pressure and degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
“music and movements disspels the feeling of loneliness… it fills the void of loneliness with hope and joy.”
“music and dance can be a very intimate and a very expressive connection with another …it requires so much creativity – so much giving of another person… it’s very helpful, it’s a very good way of moving out of loneliness”