Managing Chronic Loneliness When Aging: 23 Strategies

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Chronic loneliness can affect us all at any point in our lifetimes, but it can be a significant challenge for many older adults as they age.
Loneliness not only affects mental health but also has profound effects on overall wellbeing (Atwood et al., 2019).
It is a difficult topic to talk about as it is tinged with stigma and shame, and people who experience it often feel that there is something wrong with them (Cohen-Mansfield & Eisner, 2020).
However, it is a common condition that is becoming more and more concerning (Jovicic & McPherson, 2020).
In this article, we explore the effects of chronic loneliness and how to address it, giving you practical strategies to support your aging clients.
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