Epidemic of loneliness due to decline in religion & church attendance

Fellowship of the Minds

Carolyn Moynihan reports for Mercator Net, Sept. 12, 2016, that according to The New York Times, there is an epidemic of loneliness in “advanced” economies:

  • In Britain and the United States about one in three people older than 65 live alone, and studies show 10% to 46% of those older than 60 are lonely.
  • In 2012, about 20% of older people in Canada reported feeling lonely. But you don’t have to be old to feel isolated: in a study of 34,000 Canadian university students, almost two thirds reported feeling “very lonely” in the past 12 months.

Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, calls the epidemic of loneliness a public health crisis. She says, “The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem. It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore adults…

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