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While you read plenty about the impact of heart disease, stroke and cancer, there’s something intangible that can also have a profound impact on health: loneliness. Research has shown that people who lack personal connections are more likely to suffer from depression, dementia, high blood pressure and heart disease. This is especially true for the elderly.
With an aging population, it is a major concern for caregivers and families. Experts say a ‘silver tsunami’ is on the way, a reference to the wave of Baby Boomers who are reaching retirement age.
Rhonda Stein, MD,board-certified in Geriatric and Internal Medicine at NorthShore, offers ways you can help a lonely loved one:
If you know of someone who may be lonely, give them a call today.