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One is the loneliest number for NJ seniors and eldersâ€¦and unhealthy, to boot.
Loneliness is a major risk factor in increasing blood pressure in older people, and because of this could increase the risk of death by stroke and heart disease.
In a paper titled, “Loneliness is a Unique Predictor of Age-Related Differences in Systolic Blood Pressure,” published inÂ the journal Psychology and Aging, researchers Louise Hawkley and John Cacioppo found lonely people between the ages of 50 and 68 had blood pressure readings that were as much as 30 points higher than non-lonely people, even when other contributing factors were taken into consideration.
“Loneliness is a complex physiological phenomenon that incorporates feelings of dysphoria (opposite of euphoria) and stress, dissatisfaction with social support and hostility toward others,” according to the paper. It already has been associated with higher incidences of other health issues, including alcoholism, depression and insomnia, and even impaired immune functions.
Expert Home Care recommends thatÂ elders living alone – create more activity outside the home. Rrequent visits to your local senior center can help and it’s not costly.Â Ask us! We can helpÂ -Â 800-848-2336.
Glen Hast, Certified Senior Advisors