Loneliness has become a public health epidemic - 1 in 3 older adults report feeling lonely. But does lonely mean you are alone?
- Alone is the state of isolation or solitude when an individual is outside the company of others.
- Lonely describes the feeling of sadness or abandonment.
Senior isolation, both physical and mental, can cause serious health risks. Seniors who feel isolated have a 26-32% higher risk for early death.
Did you know
46% of Indiana counties are considered "rural" counties? Rural individuals make up 1/5 of the elderly population and are at the highest risk for requiring long-term care services and support.