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For these “lonely” people winter can be deadly time.Many older adults like to meet for coffee in a local community café’s.On a cold winter day they may prevent the television from becoming someone’s their primary companion. I have long researched the quality of social relationships in later life.In my interviews I have found many people may be completely satisfied with the nature of their relationships if they have one confident or perhaps a relative across the country that they see occasionally.A text or email can serve as an extension to a personal visit. But if it replaces conversation or face-to-face encounters, it becomes less satisfying and can increase feelings of disconnection.Recently a popular television program demonstrated a way of alleviate loneliness.
While the majority of older Americans are certainly not lonely, every one of us has experiences with feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
The problem of loneliness is not isolated to a small segment of the American populaton.
During the last 40 years, the percentage of people who have no relations has tripled.
Fear of slipping and falling on icy sidewalks may prevent older adults from venturing outside.
Such fear contributes to decreases in exercise and increases sedentary life styles that result in poor health.