Local groups come together to tackle loneliness

Local groups come together to tackle...

Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but one study shows loneliness can increase your risk of depression and even death.  The study, out of the University of California, found more than four in 10 older adults feel lonely.

Residents at the St. Mary's Care Center and students at the Verona School District's Functional Vocational Program joined together with TAPIT, a local non-profit theater group to create a play about loneliness and how to tackle it. After six months of hard work the group is now traveling around the area to perform the play.

Many of the performers are older aged adults and young adults with disabilities, two groups of people that know the feeling of being different and isolated.  They used those emotions to inspire their work.

“We just brought all of our words together and formed one big play,” Hayden Corless, a participant, said.

And after months of collaboration created an original piece, and even more, saw the benefits of being social first hand.

“It keeps you connected with the world, and with the community that you are in and that's important for your mental health,” Shirley Lewis, a participant said.

This is the third year for the program. Many of the participants say they will certainly take part next year too.

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