If loneliness is not the same as social isolation, you can’t fix one by fixing the other. Published by Jane the Actuary View all posts by Jane the Actuary
2 thoughts on “Forbes post, “The ‘Loneliness Epidemic’ Among The Elderly May Not Be What It Seems””
It was refreshing to come across your article – the only ine i found that questioned the status quo!!
I have been conducting a search to find any research or opinion articles that address whether enjoying and basking in being alone & socially isolated or unengaged was an anomaly. I wondered if those who worked professionally in fiels such as health, experienced retirement differently from those who were non-professionals. Are there seniors who are not lonely because they are alone, and who choose to engage as little as possible, as they enjoy their solitary pursuits such as thought-provoking reading and learning. I am retired & free to do so!!!
The lack of any extant literature on these and related topics has led me to consider getting engaged in conducting research again. Surely I am not the only one who feels as I do!
I started looking into this to find evidence to support that I am not depressed, since I prefer to be alone or just with my husband. I cringe when the phone rings. Who wants what now…Maybe after I have been retired for 5 years, I will feel differently. Interestingly I led an intense patient engagement in health research unit- but am now just relishing disengagement when I can get it.
This is the first time i have ever commented online!! I refuse Facebook & Twitter & other social media platforms. Why would anyone want or need those!