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Loneliness Is As Harmful In Senior Citizens As Obesity & Smoking Says The Study

Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?

“Loneliness is the human condition. No one is ever going to fill that space. The best you can do is know yourself; know what you want.” Says Janet Fitch.

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When any person crosses his sixties, he gets retired from his job, it means he loses his connection with other peoples and he starts feeling alone. Today’s generation is also responsible for this situation. In the old days the younger generation used to talk with old peoples to get knowledge and suggestions but today everyone is busy with themselves. We all know that old age is regarded as second childhood and older peoples need more care and attention. When there is no one to care, to talk, they start feeling alone.

Loneliness is more than a mood. The emotion posses the power to essentially affect the health of senior citizens. The study scrutinizes that loneliness or “perceived isolation” is as dangerous as any other risk factors for death such as smoking and obesity.

Published in the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), the researchers explained loneliness as an emotional state of perceived isolation which increases early death risk in heart patients.

The observer also followed that if the findings are taken into deliberation, a proper understanding of this emotion can help health care professionals to draw the connection between lonely adults and their community supports as well as social networks.

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Elderly people are usually sexually undesirable. Almost anyone who is not young or rich (both things that make people desirable), will be lonely. There are HUGE numbers of young people who are extremely lonely because they are unattractive and are not wealthy.

“Our health care system and society are increasingly recognizing loneliness as a serious public health problem, but clinicians are often unprepared to properly access and manage lonely patients,” said Nathan Stall, lead researcher of the study, and a research fellow at the University of Toronto and Women’s College Research Institute, and a geriatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.

Earlier studies have also advised how loneliness rivals obesity and smoking. In a survey conducted by health insurer Cigna, it was found that widespread loneliness was prevalent with nearly half of Americans reporting they feel alone, isolated, or left out at least some of the time. Between the ages of 23-37 years and 18-22 years, it was found that loneliness was at its peak.

In India, with a population of more than a billion, one in every two elderly individuals suffers from loneliness, as per a 2010 study by Agewell Foundation.

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Also, the study highlights that every fifth senior citizen in the country is in need of some kind of psychological counseling. “It does not only weaken their mental health but also affects physical health in old age,” the study mentioned.

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”

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