Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/19/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Study finds that loneliness among the elderly just a strong a factor as poverty in early deaths

Seniors, without a spouse and isolated from other people often feel lonely. A new study has now found that those who feel lonely are at a 14 percent higher risk of premature death. In fact, loneliness has as much impact on early death as much as poverty, which increased the chances of dying early by 19 percent.

Staying connected with old -- and new friends helps the elderly to feel more connected.

Staying connected with old -- and new friends helps the elderly to feel more connected.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/19/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Loneliness, elderly, connectiveness, premature death


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Loneliness is a risk factor for early death beyond what can be explained by poor health behaviors," psychologist John Cacioppo says. The director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, Cacioppo discussed his most recent research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Chicago. "Feeling lonely isn't only unhappy; it's unsafe."

Cacioppo and colleagues reviewed survey responses from more than 2,100 adults, 55 years and older in the Health and Retirement Study. The researchers controlled for age, gender, socioeconomic status, objective social isolation and poor health behavior.

Stay warm in this beautiful hooded sweatshirt!

Cacioppo found that feeling lonely and isolated from others can lead to less restful, restorative sleep, raise blood pressure, cause morning increases in the stress hormone cortisol, increase depression and lower the overall feeling of living a meaningful life. "Poor quality of sleep hastens aging," he added.

While some people are happy to be alone, th4e majority of the population thrives in social situations where they enjoy support and rapport with others.

Cacioppo, co-author of "Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections," says that people "can escape the clutches of loneliness as they age" by staying in touch with former colleagues, maintaining meaningful relationships and participating in family activities. "People underestimate the importance of sharing good times with friends and family.

"What's really important are companionship and mutual assistance and protection. Having high-quality relationships with a few people is one of the keys to happiness and longevity. The stresses and challenges of life are more easily endured if we can share them with someone in whom we can confide and trust."

Loss of mobility, loss of hearing and blindness, are all contributing factors in the isolation of the elderly, he says.

Many seniors dreams of retiring to another state "isn't necessarily a road map to happiness if it means you lose the relationships you developed over a lifetime," Cacioppo says. But the elderly will benefit if you develop new friendships in the new location, he says.

"Maintaining quality relationships, engaging in meaningful activities with others and practicing healthy behaviors increase the odds of a long and happier life.

"Older adults who maintain meaningful, satisfying relationships weather life's stressors to emerge happier, healthier and wiser than people who do not," he says.

Psychologist Joe Burgo, agrees. "Human beings are social animals, expressing our sense of who we are via relationships, both personal and professional. As we grow older, many of those relationships come to an end. We retire from our jobs and often lose touch with colleagues. Our children may relocate. Friends or family members die.

The author of "Why Do I Do That?" and the founder of afterpsychotherapy.com, Burgo says that feeling connected with others is important to people. "Not only do we grieve and feel lonely without these people in our lives, but our very sense of self is challenged," he says. "That's why it's critical to remain active and engaged in your world, tending old friendships and forging new ones, taking part in group activities that connect you to other people."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

'He grows in the love of the spouses' - Exorcist warns families of devil's infuence Watch

Image of The devil targets families for the love living there.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist C├ęsar Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism held in Rome last year. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - Fr. Truqui warned that everything that is harming the family, including ... continue reading


'The Bible never allows us to close our eyes to those who are suffering' - How the Church can help to the unemployed Watch

Image of How can the Church help victims of unemployment?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Unemployment often leads to feelings of depression, shame and low confidence - so how can the Church help? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, explained: "Often ... continue reading


How to SURVIVE A TERRORIST ATTACK - Anti-terror expert offers tips Watch

Image of Police stage drill to prepare officers to handle an attack (PA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christians remain the most persecuted religious people in the world - so if a terrorist attack occurred at your Church, home or in a public place near you, what techniques do you need to survive? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Believers around the world are being ... continue reading


Belgium grants minor children a 'right to die' - archbishop refuses final rites Watch

Image of Children under 12 allowed to ask for doctor-assisted suicide.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A child suffering the effects of an incurable disease asked for euthanasia - and got it.The Catholic Church is completely opposed to euthanasia, whether active or passive. It is the intentional taking of human life. The Catholic Church affirms that every life has ... continue reading


'Do they understand?' Bishops warn not to trust social media for relationship advice Watch

Image of Marriage is not to be taken lightly.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly are welcome to seek reconciliation with the Church, but they need to be sure they're following the right path, some Catholic bishops of Canada have said in new guidelines. Edmonton, Canada (CNA/EWTN News) - "It may happen ... continue reading


What did Pope Francis REALLY mean when he spoke of divorced and remarried couples taking Communion? Watch

Image of Who can take Communion?

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis has written a private message approving the Buenos Aires bishops' response to the divorced-and-remarried inspired by his apostolic exhortation on the family. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The pastoral response said ministry to the ... continue reading


Father kills 7-year-old daughter after Catholic mother renounced Islam Watch

Image of Mary Shipstone was murdered by her estranged father (PA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An enraged man tracked down his 7-year-old daughter, Mary Shipstone, and shot her before turning the gun on himself. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mary's parents, Lyndsey Shipstone and Yasser Alromisse, met in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, where she was a practicing ... continue reading


'They hit us and dragged us to their cars': Social media apps shockingly used for sex slave market Watch

Image of How can we help collapse the sex trade industry?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The sex trafficking industry has boomed with help from social media. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Several reports revealed the Islamic State has been trading thousands of sex slaves over social media apps.The encrypted ISIS app Telegram sells everything from ... continue reading


'The little fighter': Baby born at 8 OUNCES defies odds Watch

Image of Baby Emilia was born weighing only 8-ounces (CEN).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Little Emilia Grabarczyk was born weighing only 8-ounces after a premature birth. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Emilia's mother, Sabine Grabarczyk, was only 26-weeks along when it was discovered the placenta wasn't providing Emilia with enough nutrients.At that ... continue reading


'Mom he's doing good': 5-year-old shocks mother with heart-warming action outside his school Watch

Image of Royce Nelson was caught doing something most adults would never even consider (Heather Nelson/Facebook).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Five-Year-old Royce Nelson caught his mother by surprise one day when he stopped in his tracks and respectfully put his hand to his heart. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "PROUD MOMMY ALERT," Heather L. Nelson shared to her Facebook.It was part of a caption for an ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 1:6-22
6 One day when the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright cause, pay attention to ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:46-50
46 An argument started between them about which of them was the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 26th, 2016 Image

Sts. Cosmas & Damian
September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in ... Read More