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All The Lonely People: A Discussion About Chronic Loneliness and Isolation

Start Date:4/27/2021

Start Time:6:30 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


This live event has now ended, but you may still register to receive an email with a link to view the event recording on demand.

In light of COVID-19, many of us have become more socially isolated and disconnected. A recent AARP survey found that more than half of adults 50 and older reported social isolation—defined as an absence of meaningful social relationships—during the pandemic. As we move into the future, how do we counter this momentum and create nourishing connections that support our well-being?

In this fascinating program that will offer intimate access to people documenting their struggles to overcome chronic loneliness, join AARP and Blue Ridge Pride as we explore how isolation and loneliness impact our own experiences. We will also focus on specific challenges of how this impacts people in the LGBTQ community as well as family caregivers, and offer helpful resources for connection. Through the critically-acclaimed filmmaking of Stu Maddux & Joe Applebaum, select scenes from their latest documentary, "All The Lonely People" will set the stage for a discussion about the latest research on this emerging public health crisis.

We will also feature author and educator, Val Walker, a leading expert on social isolation. This event is free but does require an RSVP to attend. This event is brought to you by AARP North Carolina and Blue Ridge Pride.

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Stu Maddux

Director, Producer

Stu Maddux is an award-winning producer and director of non-fiction media with international credits including Pluto TV, Here TV, PBS, Showtime, TLC, VH1, Spike, Logo, CMT, and BBC. His work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, and NPR’s Morning Edition and exhibited at film festivals around the world. His honors include seven regional Emmy Awards. as well as awards from film festivals on five continents. Maddux is an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ aging and LGBTQ history movements. He has spoken at national conferences including the Out & Equal, Creating Change, the American Psychological Association, and the American Society on Aging. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Rebecca Chaplin

Associate State Director for Outreach

AARP North Carolina

Rebecca is passionate about the expression of wisdom as we age. She values the opportunity to channel the passion and gifts of older adults in Western North Carolina. Since 2016, Rebecca has served as the Associate State Director of AARP in the North Carolina Mountain Region. Rebecca has worked in the fields of gerontological research, policy and practice in the United States, Canada and England. Rebecca graduated with a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. She has lived in Western North Carolina since 2006 and currently resides with her husband, toddler, cats and near the Pisgah Forest in Barnardsville, NC.

Val Walker

Rehabilitation consultant & author

Val Walker is a rehabilitation consultant and the author of The Art of Comforting, which won the Nautilus Book Award and was recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission as a guide for families impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombing. She has a master of science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and has led support groups for twenty-four years for people living with chronic illness, disability, grief, and trauma. A contributing blogger for Psychology Today, she lives in Boston and teaches and speaks throughout New England. Her new book, 400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community, was released in 2020 with Central Recovery Press.
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