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.
- "Loneliness in older persons: A predictor of functional decline and death," JAMA Internal Medicine, 2012, http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1188033
- "Why loneliness is a public health concern--and what we can do about it, Huffington Post Science, 2015,
- "The impact of loneliness on quality of life and patient satisfaction among older, sicker adults," Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 2015. http://ggm.sagepub.com/content/1/2333721415582119.full
- The journal Perspectives on Psychological Science published an entire section on loneliness in March 2015. http://pps.sagepub.com/content/10/2.toc#SpecialSectiononLoneliness
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."