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Is loneliness the new disease of civilization?

MedExpress Team

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Published June 4, 2024 09:09

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Nearly half of Polish adults increasingly feel they lack companionship. According to the Institute's 2022 "Generations" report. "Feelings of loneliness among adult Poles" found that as many as 53% of adult Poles suffer from loneliness, with as many as 35% of people having no one to turn to for help. Another study in 2023 showed that 26% of people aged 80+ often or almost always feel lonely. The COVID-19 pandemic also played a significant role in this, with 25% of Europeans suffering from post-pandemic loneliness.

- Loneliness is difficult to define clearly. According to the latest current definitions, it boils down to limited contact with other people, low levels of social support, or separation from society. In the elderly, loneliness can cause negative effects, both psychological and somatic, so it is very important that seniors do not feel lonely, explains Dr. Szymon Florek of the Department of Psychoprophylaxis in the Dep...

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