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NEW STUDY: Loneliness among seniors is being called an epidemic

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — It’s becoming a serious epidemic among senior citizens in the United States: suffering from loneliness. According to a National Poll on Healthy Aging, chronic loneliness can be fatal.

It can affect memory, physical well-being, mental health and overall life expectancy. The symptoms of loneliness vary, but it usually comes during a change in a person’s life.

For example: retiring from a career and missing the social contact that came with it, health issues, or the death of a loved one can lead to isolation.

Socialization is critical, so if you have an elderly family member or friend — simply just spend time with them.

Especially when the holidays draw near, those moments together mean the world.

“It’s such a healing time – that family time is always healing time for people and just a time of excitement,” said Community Service Manager of Home Instead Senior Care Karen Hanson. “Seniors just love interaction a lot of them don’t get a lot of that, so when they get that and can get that from their family, grand kids, you’re never gonna regret it. What you’ll regret is if you don’t do it.”

If you’d like to help, Home Instead Senior Care is putting on an event called Santa to a Senior. You can buy a gift for an elderly person in our area, who may not have family.

So far, there are 470 names on the gift list. You can find Christmas trees with the gifts they want at Dunn Brothers Coffee, Home Federal Bank, and Leashes and Leads.

You can find out more information here:

After all, it’s about to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” and no one should feel lonely.

Maddy Wierus

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