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Understanding Senior Loneliness

Apr 10th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Why do seniors experience loneliness? Some (perhaps most) of us consider this a ‘no brainer’. That is, it’s pretty obvious. People, seniors included, feel lonely because many of us spend so much time alone. Duh.

But let’s start peeling off the layers and see what we can discover about loneliness and it’s root cause, social isolation. We need to start from this simple explanation to accurately evaluate and understand the many facets of senior loneliness. So we begin with this fact: Senior Citizens experience social isolation and the resulting loneliness at a much higher rate than the general population. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The National Council on Aging reports that “…one in six seniors living alone in the United States faces physical, cultural, and/or geographical barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities.”