The Epidemic of Loneliness - and How to Combat It

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The Epidemic of Loneliness - and How to Combat It

Author(s)
Paul Irving
Paul Irving
Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging

Loneliness is a recurring theme in classic songs, from Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight” to “Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

But it’s not just artists that feel the pain.

Loneliness is a growing public health problem—a hidden epidemic threatening our well-being, and even our livelihood. One-third of Americans over age 45 feel lonely, according to AARP. Researchers at Britain’s Brunel University found the prevalence of loneliness especially high among those under 25 and over 65 years old.

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This article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 18, 2019.

Published April 18, 2019