National Poll On Healthy Aging Finds One In Three Seniors Lonely.

March 4, 2019

TIME (3/4, Ducharme) reports on the most recent National Poll on Healthy Aging, which found that nearly a third of senior citizens are lonely. The report found that of the seniors who identified as socially isolated, “28% reported fair or poor physical health, compared to 13% of those who did not feel isolated,” while “17% of people who called themselves socially isolated rated their mental health as fair or poor, compared to just 2%” of those who didn’t. The authors of the report write that chronic loneliness “can impact older adults’ memory, physical well-being, mental health, and life expectancy.”

        HealthDay (3/4, Preidt) quotes poll director Dr. Preeti Malani, who said that the findings also suggest that “caregivers, spouses and partners, adult children and others involved in older adults’ lives have a role to play in encouraging and facilitating these connections.”

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