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Performance highlights older adults, youth connecting through creativity

Think loneliness is only a private sorrow? Think again.

Study after study has found that social isolation is linked to multiple health problems, particularly among older adults. For this population, loneliness is just as significant a health risk as smoking or obesity.

St. Mary’s Care Center, working in collaboration with TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, has developed an innovative response to isolation: fostering social connection through theater. Audiences can experience "The Creative Link," the production resulting from this process, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Rotunda Studio of Madison’s Overture Center at 201 State St.

That’s when residents from St. Mary’s Care Center, an independent volunteer and five young adults from the Verona Area High School’s Functional Vocational Program for 18- to 21-year-olds will offer a free public performance of "The Creative Link."

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WATCH highlights from the game Tuesday.

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WATCH highlights from the game.

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