Feeling lonely, Cleveland seniors? You’re not alone.
A recent study in the UK has shown that nearly 50% of people there over 65 feel lonely most of the time. Chances are that’s true in Ohio as well. “Empty Nest” syndrome can lead to depression and other issues in senior citizens. Finding yourself over 65 and divorced or widowed can have the same result. Here’s an excerpt from an article about the UK study from the Chad website, and after you’ve read it and clicked through to the full article, take a moment to decide if you’re recognizing yourself or someone you know who might benefit from talking to a friend or a counselor.
A new Age UK survey has found that 140,000 people aged 65 plus in the East Midlands describe themselves as always or often feeling lonely, and two in five (41 per cent nationally say that their TV or pet is now their main form of company.
Loneliness is a huge issue that affects people all year round with a third of older people (31 per cent) in the East Midlands saying they would like to go out more often.
Age UK’s research also reveals that one in five people (20 per cent) aged 65 plus are feeling cut off from society.
Loneliness can be seriously damaging and recent studies have shown it has double the impact of obesity and that feeling extreme loneliness can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 per cent.