The complexity of loneliness

The complexity of loneliness

Authors

  • Javier Yanguas Scientific Director of the Elderly Program. "la Caixa" Banking Foundation. (Spain). President of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the IAGG-EU
  • Sacramento Pinazo-Henandis University of Valencia. Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (Spain)
  • Francisco José Tarazona-Santabalbina La Ribera University Hospital, Alzira, Valencia (Spain)

Keywords:

Loneliness, isolation, older people, health, interventions, effectiveness

Abstract

Loneliness is a prevalent and global problem for adult populations, and a number of different studies have linked it to multiple chronic conditions, including: heart disease, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis, stroke, and metabolic disorders, such as obesity and metabolic disease. Is a major predictor of psychological problems, such as depression, psychological stress, and anxiety. Loneliness is linked to overall morbidity and mortality in adult populations. But limited interventions have demonstrated long-term effectiveness in reducing loneliness in adults with these same chronic conditions. Our research of the extant literature addresses the following question: What evidence exists regarding the relationships between loneliness and health? We focus on recent findings with respect to the links between loneliness and health.

 

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Published

07-06-2018

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Section

Review - Healthy Aging

How to Cite

1.
The complexity of loneliness. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2018 Jun. 7 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];89(2):302-14. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/7404