Less than six months ago I was writing about the many thousands of older people who live a lonely later life.
Now from the University of Chicago, a research study shows clear scientific evidence of the link between social isolation and ill-health. Social isolation is known to increase the risk of premature death by as much as a third. Comparable to the impact of smoking and obesity. Yet it attracts far less attention and even less action.
The Chicago researchers found a physical link between loneliness and increased “fight or flight” responses in the nervous system. This in turn has the potential to lower their immune system and make lonely people more susceptible to diseases.
More than half of the over 75’s the UK live alone and an estimated 5 million pensioners have only a TV on for company. Time for some Government action on the same scale as the No Smoking or healthy eating campaigns.
Or at least let old people smoke and eat themselves to a happy death.
(See the earlier posts by clicking on “Same Old, Same Old” in the TAG CLOUD).