From the Eden Alternative Weekly Reader…
Last week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study involving 1,600 Elders, confirming what the Eden Alternative Philosophy has upheld for many years. Medical experts found that Elders suffering from loneliness were at significant risk for declining health over short periods of time. In 2002, participating Elders were interviewed about how often they experienced feeling lonely.
Researchers then followed up with participants over a six year period. Study outcomes revealed the following:
Among the 43% of those interviewed that reported being lonely, “23 percent died over the six-year study, compared to 14 percent of the participants who weren’t lonely – a 45 percent increase.” The study confirmed that the lonely participants had “a 59 percent greater risk of suffering a decline in function.”
Loneliness is preventable, it is curable and it is lethal.
It really can be different.