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Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Inc
Over the past 18 months of COVID lockdowns, many of us have experienced the heaviness of loneliness — missing family, friends, and meaningful social contact.
But even before the pandemic, loneliness was a daily experience for almost 20% of older Australians, particularly those over 75.
Being older does not mean being lonely.
Loneliness can affect us all.
But it disproportionally affects older people living alone or in aged care facilities, and whose health issues limit their social interaction.
Loneliness increases an older person’s risk of illness, from cardiovascular diseases to dementia.
The older people in this study had three key messages about their experience…