Senior & Disabled Feeling Lonely and Living Alone

A study from the University of California at San Francisco found that feeling lonely does not correlate to living alone. 43% of all seniors surveyed reported that they felt lonely, yet only 18% of those seniors lived alone. The remaining 25% lived in nursing homes or received in-home care.

Loneliness in nursing homes appears to be strikingly common. A 2011 study of 2,072 nursing home residents in Helsinki, Finland, showed that 9% of nursing home residents suffered from chronic loneliness. Similarly, more than one-quarter experienced loneliness “sometimes.” Those who reported any feelings of loneliness also showed signs of mobility problems, disability, poor self-rated health, cognitive impairment and depression.

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