28 Feb '18, 12pm

A sense of community may be the best medicine

A sense of community may be the best medicine

The English town of Frome has seen a significant drop in emergency hospital admissions since it began connecting ill residents with volunteers and support groups. "It takes a village to raise a child," as the saying goes, but one could just as easily say, "It takes a village to care for the elderly and infirm." A fascinating experiment in the town of Frome, England, has discovered that building a sense of community goes a long way toward improving people's health and happiness. It began in 2013, when family physician Helen Kingston launched the Compassionate Frome project. Kingston had noticed that many of her patients felt "defeated by the medicalization of their lives." They were treated more like a "cluster of symptoms" than human beings with health problems. Together with the town council and representatives from the National Health Service (NHS), Kingston created a di...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/health/sense-community-may-be-...

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