“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Seniors may remember this hit song from 1960. Can you remember the artist? The song may bring back pleasant memories of happy days past, but the fact is that loneliness is not a happy or enjoyable situation. It is a health problem. The May 21 edition of Scientific American Magazine published an article on this subject titled, “A Solution for Loneliness.” “Loneliness is rampant, and it’s killing us—literally. Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk for developing a range of physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and depression. This is a public health problem that needs to be addressed on a wide scale.” We know that seniors are at very high risk for loneliness and the conditions that may follow. The Scientific American (a very prestigious and trusted source) had a suggestion for doing away with loneliness – get out and VOLUNTEER. There are abundant opportunities to...
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