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Research on Loneliness

Mary MacCarthy

Glorious Hugs care packages are designed to be shared to alleviate stress and loneliness. Loneliness can be defined as an unpleasant emotional response to social isolation. Yet sometimes people feel lonely in a crowd or in an unfulfilling relationship.

An increasing body of clinical evidence has linked loneliness to a declines in functional ability and even death. According to a 2012 clinical study (discussed in the first article listed below), 43% of US seniors report feeling lonely. To review the latest research on loneliness, here are links to recent, high quality articles that you may find helpful.

If you'd like to find even more research the topic, try searching Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) using the phrase "loneliness AND older persons" or "loneliness AND health."