Researchers suggest that there are ways in which people can prepare for this loneliness later on in life.
“People must manage their social lives better today than ever before because traditional communities, which provided social outlets, such as neighborhoods, churches and extended families, have lost strength in recent decades,” says researcher Bianca Suanet. “Therefore, older adults today need to develop problem-solving and goal-setting skills to sustain satisfying relationships and to reduce loneliness.”
Researchers also hope that seniors may learn to use modern technology as a new method of maintaining social connections and interactions in old age.
Loneliness is a tough thing to deal with, but raising awareness and increasing positive and meaningful relationships will help combat this so-called epidemic. It’s also important to acknowledge that there is a difference between loneliness and being alone. Spending time with yourself is a good way to boost your well-being, while loneliness can be detrimental to your health. Check out our tips on how to get rid of feelings of loneliness when they start creeping up.