Quick, what’s more dangerous for a person’s health: obesity or loneliness?

The answer is not as simple as you think. A recent report from insurance giant Cigna noted the following:

“Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity.” 

At Mosaic, we know better than most the effects of long-term loneliness. We’ve been working to break down the barriers that cause loneliness for more than 100 years.

Recently, Mosaic partnered with The Council on Quality and Leadership and the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities to release a white paper called “Building the Framework for IDD Quality Measures.”

The document focuses on building quality frameworks for measuring how the work human service providers affects the health of the people we support. There was a lot of great information in the document, but a few stats stuck out:

When people with I/DD have access to meaningful work and activity choices, they are 63 percent less likely to be hospitalized.

When people with I/DD have access to meaningful work and activity choices, they are 63 percent less likely to be hospitalized.

When people with I/DD have access to natural support networks, they are 60 percent less likely to be hospitalized.

 

When people with I/DD have access to natural support networks, they are 60 percent less likely to be hospitalized.  

It’s a huge difference.

March is National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which began in 1987 to bring awareness to the needs and potential of people with developmental disabilities. Mosaic’s theme this year is inclusion. 

All month long we will be sharing stories, stats and successes that demonstrate the difference inclusion makes – not only for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but for all of us.

Loneliness is serious problem; inclusion can help.

 

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