Evidence Links Loneliness To Physical Illness, Functional And Cognitive Decline

On the front of its Science Times section, the New York Times (9/6, D1, Hafner, Subscription Publication) reports in a nearly 1,800-word article on the physical and mental effects of loneliness experienced by the elderly. In the UK and in the US, “roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone.” Investigators “have found mounting evidence linking loneliness to physical illness and to functional and cognitive decline.” Loneliness, “as a predictor of early death” even surpasses obesity.

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— “Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness,” KATIE HAFNER, New York Times, September 5, 2016.

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