As we all age and circumstances of life (retirement, loss of family and friends, financial concerns, failing health and mobility) take their toll on our daily lives, loneliness becomes more of an issue. Everyone has moments where they feel lonely but when those “moments” add up to a major amount of time, it is definitely time to initiate some changes.
Research now shows that persistent loneliness has a progressive negative effect on physical and psychological health. As the individual becomes lonelier and then does less physically and mentally, it sets up a cycle that will deteriorate that individual. Loneliness can actually increase the risk of premature death in individuals over the age of 50 by 14%.
Loneliness is not always easy to detect by the individual, family, or friends. Here are some warning signs:
Current research has linked loneliness to elevated blood pressure, increased stress and anxiety, impaired immune system, and a decrease in mobility. There has been a long time link between loneliness and depression. However, you can be lonely and not be depressed. Research also shows that the greater the degree of loneliness, the more fragmented and less relaxing the night’s sleep. Over a period of time this could have serious consequences.
Here are some tips to deal with loneliness:
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