Another article on the “epidemic of loneliness,” this one focused on the U.K. In Britain and the U.S., about a third of people over 65 live alone, increasing the risk of social isolation.
Blackpool, England, has developed The Silver Line Helpline to give seniors a place to call and be assured of a patient, friendly ear. It gets 1500 calls a day.
There’s an interesting comment from John T. Cacioppo, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, who calls loneliness “an aversive signal,” like thirst or hunger — in other words, a feeling of loneliness may be a useful warning sign, alerting you to a need for social interaction.
“Denying you feel lonely makes no more sense than denying you feel hunger,” he said.