Speaker:Prof. Sonia Lippke, Constructor University, Previously known as Jacobs University

Time: 9:30 - 11:00, Oct. 18, 2023

Venue:Room 1113, Wangkezhen Building


Are older individuals more prone to loneliness compared to their younger counterparts? Does loneliness have an adverse impact on one's health? Can we effectively prevent and alleviate loneliness through a physically active lifestyle? These questions, among others, will be explored, and your contributions are encouraged. We will delve into recent research findings, including the discovery that, in older adults, age itself is not directly linked to loneliness. However, the proportion of physically active individuals tends to decrease with age but increase with deteriorating health.

Loneliness does show a partial correlation with physical activity (PA). Past PA levels can predict future PA engagement as well as self-rated physical and mental health, but not loneliness. Lonely individuals tend to report poorer self-rated health, higher neuroticism, lower extraversion, and decreased conscientiousness. Addressing loneliness by promoting physical activity in lonely individuals and thereby managing health limitations holds promise as a significant target for future PA interventions. Join us for an insightful discussion on these vital topics.