Next Avenue’s 2020 Influencers in Aging
Every year, Next Avenue awards advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older. We’re honored that in 2020, our Founder and President – Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH – was recognized as an Influencer in Aging alongside aging champions like Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, AARP’s Jean Accius, and our very own UnLonely Film Festival stars: Grandpa Chan and Grandma Marina.
Below, read a brief except of the article that was written by Julie Pfitzinger for nextavenue.org.
Dr. Jeremy Nobel’s life work is dedicated to healing – as a physician and faculty member of the Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the list of achievements relative to his medical career is long.
He is also dedicated to the healing of soul and spirit, as the Founder and President of the Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH), a nonprofit based in Boston, where Nobel, 66, lives. It explores the connection between the two elements of healing and art, and raises awareness about points of connectivity. Loneliness and isolation, and the impact not only on individuals, but on society in general, are also areas of focus.
Once the pandemic hit in force last spring, FAH, in partnership with AARP and other organizations, launched “Stuck at Home (together)” featuring a variety of creative and inspiring options (music, stories and other activities) with the goal of offering emotional solace…
Find research studies, articles, media placements, and editorial content that demonstrate how art serves as a catalyst for improved health.
Loneliness is not just a quality of life issue but impacts an individual’s productivity and performance in the workplace, panelists noted during an American Health Policy Institute webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on loneliness and employee wellness.
Contrary to popular belief, happiness during the holiday season ranks at a meager average for most. With expectations high for joy and cheer, we tend to be more impacted by daily annoyances and are disappointed when events don’t go as we imagine. However, research reveals occasional, dramatic jumps in happiness during the holidays that point to a fundamental source: togetherness. Small acts of family traditions, gathering with loved ones, and giving to others multiply happiness many-fold.
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