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Despite Overall Sense of Optimism About The Future, Many Vermonters Feel Isolated

Peacham, Vermont, in October 2017. Foliage on trees, mountains in background and a house nestled into the scene.
A photo of Peacham's foliage in Oct. 2017. According to the Vermont Rural Life Survey, some Vermonters struggle with feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The results of the Vermont Rural Life Survey, a part of the VPR and Vermont PBS This Land project, were released Monday morning. Many Vermonters feel optimistic about the future, but some are lacking a strong sense of community.  At noon, join Vermont Edition for a discussion on isolation and loneliness.

Explore the survey results here.

Dan Smith, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation and George Karabakakis, chief executive officer at Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, will join us to discuss community connection and feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Susan Randall, private investigator at VTPrivateye, LLC will also join the discussion. 

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Update 10/25/19 12:11 p.m. A previous version of this post had used a non-Vermont stock photo for illustrative purposes, but upon further evaluation we agreed a Vermont specific photo should have been used. The image has been updated.

This Land in green text. The changing story of rural Vermont, in black text.
Credit Kyle Blair / Vermont PBS
Vermont PBS

This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont to explore the challenges and opportunities of living in rural Vermont — from health care and education to the economy, housing, workforce training and so much more.

This project was made possible by our supporters, and by AARP Vermont and the Vermont Community Foundation.

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