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Loneliness is deadlier than obesity among elderly people, warns study
Tech Times ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Rhodilee Jean Dolor,

Posted on 02/17/2014 8:51:58 PM PST by Innovative

Obesity comes with a number of life threatening risks. The condition, for instance, is linked to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even cancer. However, loneliness is a more threatening killer than obesity, at least among elderly people.

The researchers also found that extreme loneliness increases an older person's risks of early death by 14 percent which means that loneliness has a double the impact on early death as obesity.

Cacioppo explained that chronic loneliness is associated with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which raises risks of strokes and heart attacks. It is also linked with high blood pressure and weakening of the body's immune system.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: elderly; health; heartdisease; loneliness; obasity; obesity; stroke
My first thought is that here will come the government and start regulating how many human interactions will be mandated, just as they are regulating food and medicines.

Just watch, especially under Obamacare.

1 posted on 02/17/2014 8:51:59 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

I think they will take the bitchy liberal feminists and mandate that men wine and dine them.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 8:55:29 PM PST by staytrue
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To: Innovative

My mom lives in an assisted living place. Her caregivers tell me about how sad it is that the majority of people there hardly have any visitors. I visit my mom every other day and call her when I am not there.

It is sad. I can see how that is an issue.


3 posted on 02/17/2014 9:04:30 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: Innovative
Your first thought is entirely possible, but a second thought is that it wouldn't be a bad idea to visit an elderly housing complex and make a new friend.
4 posted on 02/17/2014 9:08:39 PM PST by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: Innovative

I wonder whether it is isolation or a negative perception of solitude that is the issue. In other words, if you don’t mind being alone and aren’t miserable and depressed, is it still dangerous to the health to be alone?


5 posted on 02/17/2014 9:09:42 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

There haven’t really been any studies about that which i know of. By and large if there are studies I imagine they would typically center around those who are depressed as a result of being along.


6 posted on 02/17/2014 9:11:44 PM PST by freedom462
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To: bramps

” it wouldn’t be a bad idea to visit an elderly housing complex and make a new friend.’

That is a good and kind thought. Let me add that many times there may be elderly people living right next door or practically next door.

Back some time ago I lived next door to a couple of old ladies, they were sisters and used to visit them, they traveled a lot when they were young and had wonderful stories to tell and they were pleased that there was someone interested in hearing them.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 9:14:05 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Dude,,,,, ok. So send a chic over,,,,


8 posted on 02/17/2014 9:17:21 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: mplsconservative

My wife worked in a SunRise assisted living place in California. She would tell me that few occupants received visitors. Most were abandoned by their families. I think the church needs to step up in this area.


9 posted on 02/17/2014 9:29:25 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Salvavida

“Most were abandoned by their families.”

Sad. That is probably the kind of loneliness the article is talking about.

You are right, churches could help — and so could schools, it would be a good opportunity to teach children empathy and kindness.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 9:35:28 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: DesertRhino

“Dude,,,,, ok. So send a chic over,,,,”

Maybe it’s in Obamacare already... ;)


11 posted on 02/17/2014 9:36:00 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: bramps

If you have some free time you can tutor kids and worry about the future of America, or you can spend time with older folks and reminisce on it’s wonderful past.


12 posted on 02/17/2014 9:41:22 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Salvavida

I must be the walking dead then, I hit 60 soon. the only human contact I get is at work. If I died no one would even notice until the body started rotting, my company would just replace me, the only phone calls I ever get are from bill collectors. Lonely ? No. People suck, half are commie liberals, the other half are selfish capitalists, who needs em [/sarc]


13 posted on 02/17/2014 9:43:58 PM PST by KTM rider
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To: Salvavida

I must be the walking dead then, I hit 60 soon. the only human contact I get is at work. If I died no one would even notice until the body started rotting, my company would just replace me, the only phone calls I ever get are from bill collectors. Lonely ? No. People suck, half are commie liberals, the other half are selfish capitalists, who needs em [/sarc]


14 posted on 02/17/2014 9:43:58 PM PST by KTM rider
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To: KTM rider

Why the sarcasm tag? I am six months away from 60 and was in sales for over twenty years and agree with you. You forgot to mention that a majority of folks are just plain stupid. I am sure that for the right money I can get a couple of experts to do a study that agrees with me. You are wrong about the rotting though the cat will start to eat you after 3 days.


15 posted on 02/17/2014 9:55:07 PM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Innovative

Life sucks.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 9:56:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Or, if you’re an older folk, you can spend time with some kids and infuse the future of America with its ( no apostrophe! ) wonderful past.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 10:04:25 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Innovative

Sohhh they’ll pay for hookers too?


18 posted on 02/17/2014 10:11:27 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Revolting cat!

Camus said, “The only philosophical question is suicide.” So I would note that it evidently pleases you to note that life sucks.


19 posted on 02/17/2014 10:11:28 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: mplsconservative
My mom lives in an assisted living place. Her caregivers tell me about how sad it is that the majority of people there hardly have any visitors. I visit my mom every other day and call her when I am not there.

Kudos to you! When my mother, who has passed on, was in a nursing home, I tried to visit her every day. Baby Your Mother, a hit from the early months of 1928 became my theme song.

20 posted on 02/17/2014 10:13:04 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: dr_lew

I suppose I’ll have to watch my grammar too! ;-)


21 posted on 02/17/2014 11:21:52 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Innovative

What is loneliness? ‘Tis thirst. ‘Tis a flower dying in the desert. It’s the human condition, actually. We’re not very well trained to handle it because all our lives are usually spent in the company of others, equally desperate to avoid it. But inevitably, irrecoverably, one must come to terms with it.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 11:31:36 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: mplsconservative
I have had one of my dogs certified as a therapy dog and we visit assisted living homes. The old people who are stuck there appear bored out of their minds. They sit in their wheelchairs and stare at a TV screen but I am not sure they are even listening to the program. The majority enjoy visiting with the dogs (and with us) but it is for such a small amount of time. God Bless you for visiting your mother so often. I pray to God that I don't end up in a place like that.
23 posted on 02/17/2014 11:35:17 PM PST by Ditter
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To: ottbmare

“I wonder whether it is isolation or a negative perception of solitude that is the issue”

I am glad you are asking this question.

However, I think there is a better question to ask.

The question is.

Do people who are more isolated have something wrong with them that makes them isolated and they die (suppose they have a disease that causes fatigue, or they have no money and can’t dress or act properly).

Or is it that People who are otherwise healthy, happy, and have money and clothes but choose to be alone are unhealthy and die of choosing to be alone.

Put it another way. If you have no money and can’t go out much do you die of no money or do you die of being more alone.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 3:26:20 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Ditter

“I have had one of my dogs certified as a therapy dog and we visit assisted living homes. The old people who are stuck there appear bored out of their minds. “

My dog likes to run a lot. She eats twice what her sister did and weighs half as much. So I took her to the old folks home and they petted her and later the next day one of them called Animal control on me for starving my dog because she looks skinny.


25 posted on 02/18/2014 3:31:14 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Innovative

So, how exactly do they measure “lonliness”? No indication of that in the article. Is it self professed, or do they automatically call single folks lonely?

Living by yourself can be dangerous simply because there’s no one else there to call 911. That’s a matter of logistics, not psychology.


26 posted on 02/18/2014 3:45:46 AM PST by fruser1
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To: Innovative

Leaving people alone is an anglo-saxon cultural thing. Get over it.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 4:55:02 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: ottbmare

I wonder whether it is isolation or a negative perception of solitude that is the issue. In other words, if you don’t mind being alone and aren’t miserable and depressed, is it still dangerous to the health to be alone?
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Good observation!

I’m 71, been divorced for 19 years and live in my mortgage paid house with no medical problems or prescription meds. Daughter and grandkids live 15 miles away, (while now estranged sister and BIL) are 30 miles away.

I’m sorta a ‘recluse’, since none of my family has been in my house for 12 years. I enjoy being alone. I can read, do TV, do internet, eat, wear whatever clothing I want, sleep whenever I choose, etc., without having to make the place look nice and clean to accommodate visitors.

I’m not depressed in any way. I enjoy the privacy and freedom to do what I want, when I want. I enjoy interacting with others, as I did for decades of participation in my career, the Navy and golfing.

I guess I just don’t understand the point of the study/article that seems to indicate that being alone is depressing.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 5:38:35 AM PST by octex
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To: staytrue

I think part of the issue is that if you’re alone there’s no one to make you take your pills or call 911 or make a doctor appointment for you when you’re sick, which is the sort of thing wives do. But I also think there is a healing effect in the contact with other people. Even physical touching, like a hug, has a healing effect.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 7:45:53 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Ditter

It’s funny how being in a nursing home or assisted living place takes people differently. You can be bored or you can be like an elderly cousin of mine. She had to go into a nursing home after a stroke left her unable to walk at 92. She was there for about ten minutes before she rolled her wheelchair to the elevator, rolled two blocks down the street to the offices of a tiny nearby private college, and told them that she was going to commandeer their little radio station to broadcast a 30-minute Bible study every day. And she did. She did not give those kids an alternative. Bless her heart, she must have been a terror when she was young and mobile. She also maintained a voluminous correspondence (written by hand since she did not have a computer despite my efforts to talk her into it).

She kept all of this up until two weeks before she died, at 97, in 2001. She also devoted time to genealogy research and to amiably terrorizing me and other “young” people. And because she was so sharp she did not lack for visitors. I visited her even though it was a three hour drive. This just shows that if you don’t want to be bored you don’t have to be.


30 posted on 02/18/2014 8:01:39 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare
At the convalescent home where we visit most often, there are all kinds. Most of them appear to be witless, a few are angry but over all, most of them seem to enjoy the doggie visit.

My husband is a voracious reader and likes real books, not Kindle so we have lots to give away. Giving them to these places is not an option because the people do not read for the most part. A few seem to be engaged with their laptops but most just sit and stare.

31 posted on 02/18/2014 8:16:29 AM PST by Ditter
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To: mplsconservative

I recognized loneliness and depression in my Mom 12 years ago as she was living in Fla and we were all up here in GA. I got her to sell her house and buy a house across the street from us. Now she has an active social life, church friends and sees me everyday.


32 posted on 02/18/2014 8:33:23 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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