Loneliness isn’t bound by age, nationality or geography.
The health consequences of loneliness are immense, with the medical establishment linking it to higher risks for heart disease, depression, eating disorders and cognitive decline. These in turn have a serious impact on economies around the world, both in terms of healthcare spending and costs to employers.
Loneliness can affect anyone, no matter their age or setting, and can express itself as a momentary feeling or a chronic state. The quality of someone’s living conditions can be a major factor, as well as their health, financial and social circumstances. Global research identifies the following demographics as particularly at risk, especially within cities:
- Senior citizens
- People with disabilities
- Young adults
Read more about these demographics here.