being alone and loneliness are two different things, being alone doesn’t always necessarily equate to the feeling of loneliness. There are feelings associated with actual loneliness, such as feeling desolate. You can even experience this feeling when you are in a room full of people, and that is probably the worst kind of feeling. You might have a hard time connecting with people, or even have a hard time feeling like you belong. The elderly tend to feel this way a lot more often than other members of the population.
- The potential health damage of loneliness has been compared to the damage incurred by heavy smokers.
- Researchers and the American Association of Psychology have cautioned that even comparing loneliness’s impact to a fifteen cigarette a day habit is not unjustified.
- Data shows that among seniors self-described as lonely the mortality rate swoops up to 45%.
“Now, more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves and those around us — spreading positivity and maintaining connections, even while remaining physically isolated.”
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