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Are you lonely?

This week, The New York Times published an article about the epidemic of loneliness among older adults and the profound effects of social isolation on our overall health and well-being.  There is no shortage of evidence to demonstrate that loneliness is a major risk to healthy aging. Research links loneliness to a decline in mobility, decrease in cognitive function, depression, and early death – to name a few of the critical health considerations.  In Canada, the National Seniors Council has declared social isolation as a priority focus; and the United Kingdom’s 'Campaign to End Loneliness' is helping to increase awareness of the prevalence of loneliness in older adults. It’s a global issue that requires attention. If you, or someone you know, feels alone or socially isolated, it’s important to talk about it in order to get help and eliminate the stigma associated with loneliness. For evidence-based information about this topic, read our most popular resources below.

 


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