Reduce Isolation to Strengthen Life Span
Loneliness and isolation can affect your quality of life -- and maybe your quantity of life, too.
Studies have shown living alone -- or even just feeling lonely -- may increase a person's risk of premature death.
One study followed nearly 45,000 people ages 45 and up who had heart disease or a high risk of developing the condition. Those who lived alone, the study found, were more likely to die from heart attacks, strokes, or other heart complications over a four-year period than people living with family or friends, or in some other communal arrangement.
The risk was highest in middle-aged people, just 14% of whom lived alone. Solo living increased the risk of heart problems and early death by 24% among people ages 45 to 65, and by only 12% among people ages 66 to 80. And there was no association at all in people age 80 and older, a group in which living alone is common.1
At the Lake James Adult Community, we care about our residents' well-being. Please make sure to utilize the resources provided to you to reduce risk of feeling loneliness and isolation. Keep up with our weekly blog post on community events and use your community facilities to interact with your peers!