Which Is Worse, Being Lonely or Just Being Alone?

Movie star Greta Garbo was famous for saying, “I want to be let alone,” but new research suggests that’s a rotten philosophy to follow if you want to live longer. A British study of 6,500 older adults finds that social isolation, even more than loneliness, may increase an older person’s risk of early death. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers at University College London knew from previous studies that both isolation …

Living Alone: One Man’s Lament Touches Nerve With Readers

An emotionally moving essay in the Washington Post last week about the loneliness and frustrations of assisted living has sparked an equally emotional outpouring from readers. More than 530 readers commented online and many sent letters after 62-year-old Martin Bayne wrote about his experience with impersonal administrators, underpaid but hardworking staff, lonely residents, and rooms that, ironically, aren’t set up for people in wheelchairs. Bayne acknowledged that, outwardly, his facility is impressive — clean, attractive, with good quality food and …

The Takeaway: 1 in 7 U.S. Alzheimer’s Patients Lives Alone

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis isn’t enough to keep some older adults from staying in their homes””even if they live alone. According to a new study from the Alzheimer’s Association, one in seven Americans with Alzheimer’s“”some 800,000 people””live alone. 

Going It Alone

Married people live longer and healthier lives.  Consider this: nine out of ten married men who are alive at 48 will make it to 65-years-old (no, it will not just seem like it) as compared with six out of 10 of men who are not married.  Women on the other hand are in better shape statistically.  So be aware men; Marriage can save your life.  Be grateful.  I will be forwarding this to my husband. But not everyone agrees with …

Know Thy Neighbor (and how they can improve your life)

After recently resolving longstanding argument with my neighbor, I appreciate this article more than ever. AARP Peter Lovenheim has a great piece on the importance of neighbors and how they can be allies — especially after retirement: A few years ago, I decided to make a concerted effort to get to know the people who live on my block. In the course of doing so, I came to the firm conclusion that there are important reasons for all of us …