Thursday, April 14, 2016

L for Loneliness (A to Z challenge)

Did you know that lonely individuals may be twice as likely to develop the type of dementia linked to Alzheimer's disease in late life as those who are not lonely? Social isolation, or having few interactions with others, is associated with an increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Loneliness is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, not an early sign of the disease. I wish that the mechanism that does link dementia and loneliness was more clear. After all humans are very social creatures and we need healthy interactions with others to maintain our health.

Here is a link to '5 ways to beat loneliness'.

So long my friends,


  1. Actually, that makes good sense all though I had never really thought about it in those terms.

  2. Great link and it makes perfect sense :)

  3. What a good reminder Evalina. And it makes me realize how important it is to extend the simplest of kindnesses and attention to others to help them realize they aren't alone.

  4. I saw this in my mother. As she became more frail and less able to be out among people (she was always very social) her mind deteriorated. She didn't have Alzheimer's, but she did have a form of dementia that sometimes took her into the past.

  5. This is interesting. What if you aren't "lonely" just introverted?


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