Loneliness hurts and old people are at a higher risk

Chronic loneliness affects older people more than any other group, and women, in general, suffer the most.

Daria Sukharchuk
Daria Sukharchuk NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe
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Why this story matters:

Chronic loneliness is a social condition when a person doesn't have any stable social connections, neither friends nor family, for a long time.

It's not the same as moving to a new town, or a new country, when one is open to the world, and is looking for new friends.

In the today's world, this is a recognized social problem. Britain's government has even appointed a person responsible for tackling it. The German government is also contemplating its options. Yet it is not clear how a government can really tackle this issue.

The psychologist interviewed in the article recommended below says the only thing the government can do is to finance research and social work. The rest is really for society to solve -- keep in touch with elderly relatives, and keep the sense of community alive.

Details from the story:

  • Loneliness can cause a pain comparable to a physical hurt
  • A chronically lonely person sees the world in a more negative light, seeing negative intent behind the actions of other people where they don't exist.
  • As the world's population ages, and the number of lonely old people grows, the problem is gaining importance.
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