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Growing aging population is resulting in loneliness epidemic

Apparently, according to several studies printed by the American Psychological Association, elder people nowadays might not be any lonelier as compare to their counterparts from previous generations, there may be just more of them in spite of few claims that people of America are in the middle of a loneliness epidemic. Louise C. Hawkley, who is the lead author of one of the studies said that, no evidence has been found by them regarding elder adults have developed into lonelier as compare to people of bearing the same age almost a decade before.

However, as per the reports, loneliness starts to rise after you cross your 75, and thus, the overall number of elder adults who are currently lonely might rise once they reach 70s-80s. the studies were printed in the Psychology and Aging. Info from National Social Life, the Health and Retirement Study, Health and Aging Project was used by Hawkley and her team, which are the 2 national surveys comparing 3 groups of the United States’ teens born in dissimilar eras during the 20th century. Many things were analyzed by them in all these surveys, such as educational attainment, loneliness level, marital status, entire health, total no of family members, friends and relative they feel close to.

It was found by them that, loneliness was reduced among the ages of 50-74, but augmented after the age of 75, still there was no difference in loneliness among identical-aged teens of preceding generations and baby boomers. Hawkley said that, levels of loneliness might have decreased for teens ageing among 50-74 as they possessed social relationships, health care and better educational opportunities as compare to preceding generations. He also added that, people above the age of 75 were extra susceptible to developing lonely, probably because of life factors like the loss of significant other or deteriorating health.

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