Our New Epidemic – Loneliness

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Loneliness has always been a problem for seniors but now society has more seniors so the condition is much more common:

Loneliness is associated with as much of a reduction in lifespan as obesity and smoking. It is as bad for you as 15 cigarettes a day. Lonely people are more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease, and depression. Blood pressure and anxiety are higher for people without supportive relationships in their lives. But those with supportive relationships have higher levels of oxytocin, the “love” hormone, that is important to health and wellbeing.

The presence of a supportive person can reduce cardiovascular and neuroendocrine responses to stress. Over thousands of years when humans were reliant on trust and relationships with others to secure food and safety, our physiology evolved to be connected to others: to be lonely goes against human nature.

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One thought on “Our New Epidemic – Loneliness

  1. There are different ways that people become lonely.

    – One day you wake-up and everyone you have ever known is dead.
    – Your body fails you and you become stuck at home.
    – Sometimes; however, one has self-inflicted the loneliness.

    If one’s body can still move, then my only suggestion is stay active. Keep on doing what you are good at by volunteering your services. Get out of the house as much as you can. Join a club, take classes, start giving classes. If you look around, you will find some place to go.

    If you can’t get around, do not underestimate the value of being an honest friend to those around you. People will like to come over for a visit if you provide them with good company, sound advice, an ear and a shoulder.

    Be a curmudgeon who smiles. 🙂

    skoal,
    Chaz

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